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Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture

Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture

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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, andmany other related topics. This book will interest students in cultural studies, literature, ethics, religion, information technology, and the life sciences.

Author: Elaine L. Graham
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Published: 03/01/2002
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.94lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.28w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780813530598

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 03/01/2002 pg. 126
Choice 11/01/2002 pg. 454
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