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- DescriptionFrom Dr. MoreauGCOs Beast People to David CronenbergGCOs Brundlefly, Stanislaw LemGCOs robot constructors in the Cyberiad to Octavia ButlerGCOs human/alien constructs in the Xegenesis trilogy, Posthuman Metamorphosis examines modern and postmodern stories of corporeal transformation through interlocking frames of posthumanism, narratology, and second-order systems theory. New media generate new metamorphs. New stories have emerged from cybernetic displacements of life, sensation, or intelligence from human beings to machines. But beyond the vogue for the cyborg and the cybernetic mash-up of the organic and the mechanical, Posthuman Metamorphosis develops neocybernetic systems theories illuminating alternative narratives that elicit autopoietic and symbiotic visions of the posthuman. Systems theory also transforms our modes of narrative cognition. Regarding narrative in the light of the autopoietic systems it brings into play, neocybernetics brings narrative theory into constructive relation with the systemic operations of observation, communication, and paradox. Posthuman Metamorphosis draws on Bru Latour, Donna Haraway, Niklas Luhmann, Cary Wolfe, Mieke Bal, Katherine Hayles, Friedrich Kittler, and Lynn Margulis to read narratives of bodily metamorphosis as allegories of the contingencies of systems. Tracing the posthuman intuitions of both pre- and post-cybernetic metamorphs, it demonstrates the viability of second-order systems theories for narrative theory, media theory, cultural science studies, and literary criticism.
- Author BiographyBRUCE CLARKE is Professor of Literature and Science in the Department of English at TexasTech University and president of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, 2006-2008. His publications include Allegories of Writing: The Subject of Metamorphosis; Dora Marsdenand Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science; Energy Forms: Allegory and Sciencein the Era of Classical Thermodynamics; and, co-edited with Linda Dalrymple Henderson,From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature.
- Author(s)Bruce Clarke
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2008
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
- Weight347 g
- Width5830 mm
- Height3895 mm
- Spine17 mm
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