Science Fiction Alien Encounters And The Ethics Of Posthumanism

Author: E. Gomel
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137367636
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Science Fiction Alien Encounters And The Ethics Of Posthumanism from the Author: E. Gomel. Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism offers a typology of alien encounters and addresses a range of texts including classic novels of alien encounter by H.G. Wells and Robert Heinlein; recent blockbusters by Greg Bear, Octavia Butler and Sheri Tepper; and experimental science fiction by Peter Watts and Housuke Nojiri.

Science Fiction And The Moral Imagination

Author: Russell Blackford
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319616854
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Science Fiction And The Moral Imagination from the Author: Russell Blackford. In this highly original book, Russell Blackford discusses the intersection of science fiction and humanity’s moral imagination. With the rise of science and technology in the 19th century, and our continually improving understanding of the cosmos, writers and thinkers soon began to imagine futures greatly different from the present. Science fiction was born out of the realization that future technoscientific advances could dramatically change the world. Along with the developments described in modern science fiction - space societies, conscious machines, and upgraded human bodies, to name but a few - come a new set of ethical challenges and new forms of ethics. Blackford identifies these issues and their reflection in science fiction. His fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in philosophy or science fiction, or in how they interact. “This is a seasoned, balanced analysis of a major issue in our thinking about the future, seen through the lens of science fiction, a central art of our time. Everyone from humanists to technologists should study these ideas and examples. Blackford’s book is wise and savvy, and a delight to read as well.” Greg Benford, author of Timescape.

The Cambridge Companion To Literature And The Posthuman

Author: Bruce Clarke
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107086205
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The Cambridge Companion To Literature And The Posthuman from the Author: Bruce Clarke. This book gathers diverse critical treatments from fifteen scholars of the posthuman and posthumanism together in a single volume.

Science Fiction Beyond Borders

Author: Shawn Edrei
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443857599
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Science Fiction Beyond Borders from the Author: Shawn Edrei. Since the turn of the previous century, science fiction and its native tropes have been used by authors, artists, filmmakers and critics in order to challenge boundaries – whether these be conceptual, literary or metaphorical. Uniquely inherent to the genre is its ability to explore, as a form of thought experiment, different ways of crossing and subverting borders previously thought to be inviolable; these transgressions and their effects on popular culture have in turn led to an increased presence of science fiction studies in academia. This volume features papers presented at the 2014 and 2015 Science Fiction Symposia, held at Tel-Aviv University. These essays, submitted by an eclectic mix of scholars from different disciplines, institutes and walks of life, demonstrate the diversity and adaptability of science fiction as a tool for asking – and answering – impossible questions.

Cognitive Literary Science

Author: Michael Burke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019049686X
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Cognitive Literary Science from the Author: Michael Burke. This book brings together researchers with cognitive-scientific and literary backgrounds to present innovative research in all three variations on the possible interactions between literary studies and cognitive science. The tripartite structure of the volume reflects a more ambitious conception of what cognitive approaches to literature are and could be than is usually encountered, and thus aims both to map out and to advance the field. The first section corresponds to what most people think of as "cognitive poetics" or "cognitive literary studies": the study of literature by literary scholars drawing on cognitive-scientific methods, findings, and/or debates to yield insights into literature. The second section demonstrates that literary scholars needn't only make use of cognitive science to study literature, but can also, in a reciprocally interdisciplinary manner, use a cognitively informed perspective on literature to offer benefits back to the cognitive sciences. Finally, the third section, "literature in cognitive science", showcases some of the ways in which literature can be a stimulating object of study and a fertile testing ground for theories and models, not only to literary scholars but also to cognitive scientists, who here engage with some key questions in cognitive literary studies with the benefit of their in-depth scientific knowledge and training.

The Cambridge Companion To Postmodern American Fiction

Author: Paula Geyh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107103444
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The Cambridge Companion To Postmodern American Fiction from the Author: Paula Geyh. This Companion is an authoritative, comprehensive, and accessible guide to the key works, genres, and movements of postmodern American fiction.

Beyond The Cyborg

Author: Margret Grebowicz
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231520735
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Beyond The Cyborg from the Author: Margret Grebowicz. Feminist theorist and philosopher Donna Haraway has substantially impacted thought on science, cyberculture, the environment, animals, and social relations. This long-overdue volume explores her influence on feminist theory and philosophy, paying particular attention to her more recent work on companion species, rather than her “Manifesto for Cyborgs.” Margret Grebowicz and Helen Merrick argue that the ongoing fascination with, and re-production of, the cyborg has overshadowed Haraway’s extensive body of work in ways that run counter to her own transdisciplinary practices. Sparked by their own personal “adventures” with Haraway’s work, the authors offer readings of her texts framed by a series of theoretical and political perspectives: feminist materialism, standpoint epistemology, radical democratic theory, queer theory, and even science fiction. They situate Haraway’s critical storytelling and “risky reading” practices as forms of feminist methodology and recognize her passionate engagement with “naturecultures” as the theoretical core driving her work. Chapters situate Haraway as critic, theorist, biologist, feminist, historian, and humorist, exploring the full range of her identities and reflecting her commitment to embodying all of these modes simultaneously.

Imaginary Ethnographies

Author: Gabriele Schwab
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231530803
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Imaginary Ethnographies from the Author: Gabriele Schwab. Through readings of iconic figures such as the cannibal, the child, the alien, and the posthuman, Gabriele Schwab unpacks literary explorations at the boundaries of the human. Treating literature as a dynamic process that “writes culture,” makes the abstract particular and local, and situates us within the world, she pioneers a compelling approach to analyzing literary texts and their production of meaning, knowledge, and society. Schwab’s interdisciplinary study draws on anthropology, philosophy, critical theory, and psychoanalysis to trace literature’s profound impact on the cultural imaginary. Following a new interpretation of Derrida’s and Levi-Strauss’s famous controversy over the indigenous Nambikwara, Schwab develops readings of imaginary encounters between east and west in the novels of Pearl S. Buck, Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, and Ulrike Ottinger’s film Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia (1989). She examines the portrayal of sexual capture and cannibalism in Juan José Saer’s The Witness and Marianne Wiggins’ John Dollar; the anxiety over the fate of children in Richard Powers’ futuristic Operation Wandering Soul; the representation of personhood, agency, and power in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis; and the fascination with primitivism and the cultural other in Franz Kafka’s “The Wish to Be a Red Indian,” and Leslie Marmon Silko’s “Yellow Woman.” Schwab concludes with an exploration of discourses on the posthuman, using Samuel Beckett’s “The Lost Ones” and its imagining of a future lived under the conditions of minimal life. Consulting a wide range of critical theories, Schwab engages the productive intersections between literary studies and anthropology and remakes our understanding of the power of literature to shape culture, subjectivity, and life.

Schismatrix

Author: Bruce Sterling
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641111455
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Schismatrix from the Author: Bruce Sterling. Jenseits aller Ideologien Der Homo sapiens der Zukunft hat zwei Möglichkeiten, um über sich hinauszuwachsen: Entweder er ist ein Former und lässt seine Gene gezielt manipulieren, oder er ist ein Anhänger der Mechs, die ihre Körper durch implantierte Chips und Cyborg-Modifikationen aufrüsten. Beide Gruppen führen seit Jahrzehnten einen Kampf darum, wessen Technologie die bessere ist. Abélard Lindsay, ein Mech, der bei den Formern ein diplomatisches Training absolviert hat, lehnt sich gegen die Dogmen beider Gesellschaften auf und wird auf dem Mond ins Exil geschickt. Durch seine Ausbildung fällt es ihm nicht schwer, sich in eine günstige Position zu bringen – doch eine emotionale Entscheidung lässt ihn alles über Bord werfen und ins All aufbrechen, wo sich das Schicksal der Menschheit entscheiden wird ...

Film And Ethics

Author: Lisa Downing
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135231990
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Film And Ethics from the Author: Lisa Downing. Film & Ethics considers a range of films and texts of film criticism alongside disparate philosophical discourses of ethics by Levinas, Derrida, Foucault, Lacanian psychoanalysts and postmodern theorists.