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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780813530581
  • ISBN: 081353058X
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press

AUTHOR

Elaine L. Graham

SUMMARY

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, and many other related topics. This book will interest students in cultural studies, literature, ethics, religion, information technology, and the life sciences.Elaine L. Graham is the author of 'Representations of the Post Human: Monsters, Aliens, and Others in Popular Culture', published 2002 under ISBN 9780813530581 and ISBN 081353058X.

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