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Representations of the Post/Human - Morris A. Graham

Representations of the Post/Human

Paperback Published: 1st March 2002
ISBN: 9780813530598
Number Of Pages: 259

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Microchips. Genetic modification of plants. Cloning. Advances in technology promise to shape our lives more profoundly than ever before. Exciting new discoveries in reproductive, genetic, and information technologies all serve to call into question the immutability of the boundaries between humans, animals, and machines. The category of the "posthuman" reflects the implications of such new technologies on contemporary culture, especially in their capacity to reconfigure the human body and to challenge our most fundamental understandings of human nature.

Elaine L. Graham explores these issues as they are expressed within popular culture and the creative arts. From the myth of Prometheus and the Gothic horror of Frankenstein's monster to contemporary postmodern science fiction, a gallery of fantastic creatures haunts Western myth, religion, and literature. They serve to connect contemporary debates with enduring concerns about the potential -- and the limits -- of human creativity.

This book breaks new ground in drawing together a wide range of literature on new technologies and their ethical implications. In her explorations of the monstrous and the cyborg, Graham covers the Jewish legend of the golem, the Human Genome Project, Star Trek: Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Donna Haraway's cyborg writing, and many other related topics. This book will interest students in cultural studies, literature, ethics, religion, information technology, and the life sciences.

List of Figuresp. vii
Preface: On cathedrals, canals and computersp. ix
Introduction: Mapping the post/human
On being humanp. 1
Enslavement or liberation?p. 6
Representing the post/humanp. 10
The promise of monstersp. 11
Science as salvationp. 16
Representing the post/humanp. 20
Telling stories about technosciencep. 20
Representation, rhetoric and realityp. 25
Ontological hygienep. 33
The gates of differencep. 38
Myths and monstersp. 38
The self made strangep. 40
The gates of differencep. 47
Fabulationp. 55
Post/human genealogiesp. 59
Monstrosity, Genealogy and Representation
What made Victor's creature monstrous?p. 62
Born or made?p. 64
Naming the beastp. 69
Revolting monstersp. 71
Was Victor a 'mad scientist'?p. 73
Whose monstrosity? Whose humanity?p. 77
Body of clay, body of glassp. 84
On the golem and its symbolismp. 87
The silence of the golemp. 92
The servantp. 95
Through the looking-glassp. 101
Body of clay, body of glassp. 107
In whose image? The politics of representationp. 109
Bio-power and parentingp. 111
The geneticization of the post/humanp. 117
In whose image?p. 123
Much ado about Datap. 132
The 'good universe next door'p. 134
Almost-human: Datap. 137
Humanity under siege: the Borgp. 144
Humanity restored: Seven of Ninep. 148
Star Trek and representations of the post/humanp. 152
'Nietzsche gets a modem': transhumanism and the technological sublimep. 154
Technocratic futurismp. 155
Technochantmentp. 165
Technopaganismp. 168
Nietzsche's modemp. 173
The end of the 'human'?p. 176
Dehumanization and dystopiap. 177
Humans as machinesp. 181
Virtual post/humanitiesp. 187
Monsters in metropolisp. 193
'Your Aura will not be your own'p. 196
Cyborg writingp. 200
Cyborg manifestationsp. 201
Cyborg writingp. 204
Cyborgs or goddesses?p. 211
The 'crossed-out God'p. 217
Gods and monstersp. 221
Telling stories, building worldsp. 221
Technology and ontologyp. 223
Toward a post/human ethicp. 225
Religion, culture and genderp. 230
Beyond 'transcendence'p. 231
Referencesp. 235
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780813530598
ISBN-10: 0813530598
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 259
Published: 1st March 2002
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43

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