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Viral Pandemics, Transhumanism and Bio-Art Gadgets: A Lacanian Reading of Dan Brown's Inferno
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This article reads Dan Brown's best-selling novel Inferno (2013) not as a cinematic techno-thriller, but as a "science novel": a literary document that allows us to discern some of the tensions, paradoxes and inner dynamics of virology as a contemporary ("hyper-scientific") biomedical research field. It will be argued that Inferno can help us to "assess the present" by pointing out what we find so intriguing and uncanny about virology and its model organism of choice: the potentially lethaldoi:10.2139/ssrn.2552140 fatcat:f2x3x5rtffcyfj3k2vfnth73d4