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Alien Chic : Posthumanism and the Other Within - Neil Badmington

Alien Chic

Posthumanism and the Other Within


Published: 23rd September 2004
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Alien Chic provides a cultural history of the alien since the 1950s, asking ourselves why our attitudes to aliens have shifted from fear to affection, and what this can tell us about how we now see ourselves and others.

Neil Badmington explores our relationship with aliens, inscribed in films such as The War of the Worlds, Mars Attacks , Mission to Mars and Independence Day; and how thinkers such as Descartes, Barthes, Freud, Lyotard and Derrida have conceptualised what it means to be human (and post-human).

Alien Chic examines the the concept of posthumanism in an age when the lines between what is human and what is non-human are increasingly blurred by advances in science and technology, for example genetic cloning and engineering, and the development of AI and cyborgs.

Questioning whether our current embracing of all things 'alien' - in the form of extraterrestrial gadgets or abduction narratives, for instance - stems from a desire to reaffirm ourselves as 'human', this is an original and thought-provoking contribution to the study of posthumanism.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: They all laughedp. 1
Reading the red planet; or, little green men at workp. 13
It lives; or, the persistence of humanismp. 34
I want to be leaving; or, tracking alien abductionp. 64
Alien objects, human subjectsp. 91
A Crisis of versus: Rereading the alienp. 123
Conclusion: From difference to differance (with an 'a')p. 152
Notesp. 158
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780415310239
ISBN-10: 0415310237
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 23rd September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.95  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1