How We Became Posthuman
Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics 74th
By (author) N. Katherine Hayles
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How We Became Posthuman by N. Katherine Hayles
Book DescriptionSeparating 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 DetailsISBN: 9780226321462
(228mm x 150mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 5-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author N. Katherine Hayles
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How We Think, Paperback (May 2012)
How do we think? The author poses this question at the beginning of this bracing exploration of the idea that we think through, with, and alongside media. She examines the evolution of the field from the traditional humanities and how the digital humanities are changing academic scholarship, research, teaching, and publication.
Between Science and Literature, Paperback (October 2005)
Introduces the fundamentals of cultural and literary theory. This title constructs an alternate framework in which complex, self-organizing processes occur at various scales, cutting across traditional divisions between words and things, culture and nature.
My Mother Was a Computer, Paperback (October 2005)» View all books by N. Katherine 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. The book gives us the tools necessary to make sense of these complex relationships.
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