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Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment : Containing the Human - Charlotte Ross

Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment

Containing the Human

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This innovative reading of Primo Levia (TM)s work offers the first sustained analysis in English of his representations of bodies and embodiment. Discussion spans the range of Levia (TM)s works a " from testimony to journalism, from essays to science fiction stories a " identifying and tracing multiple narratives of embodiment and disembodiment across his oeuvre. These narratives range from the abject, disembodied condition of prisoners in Auschwitz, to posthuman or cyborg individuals, whose bodies merge with technological devices. Levia (TM)s representations of bodies are explored in relation to theories of embodiment and posthumanism, bringing his work into new dialogue with critical discourses on these issues. Taking inspiration from Levia (TM)s definition of the human being as a constructor of containers, as well as from the recurring references to both material and metaphorical containing structures in his work, the book suggests that for Levi, embodiment involves constant negotiations of containment. He depicts the complex relationships between physical and social bodies, the material and the immaterial self, the conscious and unconscious subject, the organic and the technologically-enhanced body, engaging with evolving understandings of the boundaries of the body, the self, and the human.

Note on Abbreviations and Translationsp. ix
Note on Terminologyp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Ontologies and Epistemologies
Containers and Their Contentsp. 23
Embodying (In/Non-)Humanityp. 41
Embodied Knowledges and Epistemological Dualismp. 62
Bodily Modifications and Mutations
Foreword: Thinking of the Future: Science Fictionp. 89
Bodies, Prostheses, and Sentient Technologiesp. 93
Bureaucratized and Technologized Bodiesp. 113
Close Couplings and Docile Bodiesp. 131
Recombining the Organic Human Bodyp. 148
Conclusionsp. 164
Notesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780415880411
ISBN-10: 0415880416
Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 8th September 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1