How We Became Posthuman by N. Katherine Hayles
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How We Became Posthuman
By N. Katherine Hayles

How We Became Posthuman

Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics 74th

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How We Became Posthuman by N. Katherine Hayles

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Separating hype from fact, this text investigates the fate of embodiment in the information age. It relates three interwoven stories: how information lost its body, that is, how it came to be conceptualized as an entity separate from the material forms that carry it; the cultural and technological constuction of the cyborg; and the dismantling of the humanist "subject" in cybernetic discourse, along with the emergence of the "posthuman". Ranging across the history of technology, cultural studies and literary criticism, the text shows what had erased, forgotten, and elided to conceive of information as a disembodied entity. The author moves from the post-World War II Macy Conferences on cybernetics to the 1952 novel "Limbo" by Bernard Wolfe; from the concept of self-making to Philip K. Dick's literary explorations of hallucination and reality; and from artificial life to postmodern novels exploring the implications of seeing humans as cybernetic systems.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226321462
ISBN-10: 0226321460
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 150mm x 23mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 5-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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