universes without us posthuman cosmologies in american literature

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Author : Nihad Farooq
ISBN : 9781479806997
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Reciprocity, Wonder, Consequence : Object Lessons in the Land of Fire -- Of Blindness, Blood, and Second Sight : Transpersonal Journeys from Brazil to Ethiopia -- Creole Authenticity and Cultural Performance : Ethnographic Personhood in the Twentieth Century -- Performing Diaspora : The Science of Speaking for Haiti -- Conclusion : "I Danced, I Don't Know How" : Media, Race, and the Posthuman

Universes Without Selves Cosmologies Of The Non Human In American Literature

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Focusing on texts by Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Adams, Charles Chesnutt, and Zora Neale Hurston, "Universes without Selves: Cosmologies of the Non-Human in American Literature" examines heterodox American cosmologies that challenged nineteenth- and early twentieth-century attempts at ecstatically fusing self and universe. Though conceding to their optimistic counterparts (e.g., mesmerism, transcendentalism, evolutionary historiography, theosophy) that people are materially and spiritually united with the cosmos, the cosmologies that I consider refuse to see this union as an occasion for exultation. In fact, they contend that such unity is more fatal than desirable, canceling rather than confirming the anthropocentric mystifications that made the universe a mere extension of ontologically superior human selves. Thus, unlike the utopian impulses of both past subject/object syntheses and present post-humanisms (e.g., of Deleuze, Hayles, Haraway), all of which fantasize not the death of the self but only its self-gratifying transformation, the cosmologies of Poe, Adams, Chesnutt, and Hurston represent selflessness as a terminal reality rather than a salvific ideal.

Ariel S Ecology

Author : Monique Allewaert
ISBN : 0816689008
Genre : History
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Monique Allewaert contends that on eighteenth-century American plantations, labor practices and ecological particularities threatened the literal and conceptual boundaries that separated persons from the natural world. Integrating political philosophy and ecocriticism with literary analysis, "ArielOCOs Ecology" explores the forms of personhood that developed out of New World plantations, from Georgia and Florida through Jamaica to Haiti and colonial metropoles.

Art Technology Consciousness

Author : Roy Ascott
ISBN : 9781841508146
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Within a technological context, this volume addresses contemporary theories of consciousness, subjective experience, the creation of meaning and emotion, and relationships between cognition and location. Its focus is both on and beyond the digital culture, seeking to assimilate new ideas emanating from the physical sciences as well as embracing spiritual and artistic aspects of human experience. Developing on the studies published in Roy Ascott's successful Reframing Consciousness, the book documents the very latest work from those connected with the internationally acclaimed CAiiA-STAR centre and its conferences. Their artistic and theoretical research in new media and art includes aspects of:

Oedipus And The Sphinx

Author : Almut-Barbara Renger
ISBN : 022604808X
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When Oedipus met the Sphinx on the road to Thebes, he did more than answer a riddle—he spawned a myth that, told and retold, would become one of Western culture’s central narratives about self-understanding. Identifying the story as a threshold myth—in which the hero crosses over into an unknown and dangerous realm where rules and limits are not known—Oedipus and the Sphinx offers a fresh account of this mythic encounter and how it deals with the concepts of liminality and otherness. Almut-Barbara Renger assesses the story’s meanings and functions in classical antiquity—from its presence in ancient vase painting to its absence in Sophocles’s tragedy—before arriving at two of its major reworkings in European modernity: the psychoanalytic theory of Sigmund Freud and the poetics of Jean Cocteau. Through her readings, she highlights the ambiguous status of the Sphinx and reveals Oedipus himself to be a liminal creature, providing key insights into Sophocles’s portrayal and establishing a theoretical framework that organizes evaluations of the myth’s reception in the twentieth century. Revealing the narrative of Oedipus and the Sphinx to be the very paradigm of a key transition experienced by all of humankind, Renger situates myth between the competing claims of science and art in an engagement that has important implications for current debates in literary studies, psychoanalytic theory, cultural history, and aesthetics.

My Mother Was A Computer

Author : N. Katherine Hayles
ISBN : 0226321479
Genre : Computers
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N. Katharine Hayles explores how the impact of code on life has become comparable to that of speech and writing - as language and code have grown entangled, the lines that once separated humans from machines, analog from digital and old technologies from new ones have become blurred.

Meeting The Universe Halfway

Author : Karen Barad
ISBN : 082233917X
Genre : Science
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A theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, Karen Barad elaborates her theory of agential realism, a schema that is at once a new epistemology, ontology, and ethics.

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