Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction

Sherryl Vint

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Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction

Bodies of Tomorrow Technology Subjectivity Science Fiction Anxieties about embodiment and posthumanism have always found an outlet in the science fiction of the day In Bodies of Tomorrow Sherryl Vint argues for a new model of an ethical and embodied posthuma

  • Title: Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction
  • Author: Sherryl Vint
  • ISBN: 9780802090522
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Anxieties about embodiment and posthumanism have always found an outlet in the science fiction of the day In Bodies of Tomorrow, Sherryl Vint argues for a new model of an ethical and embodied posthuman subject through close readings of the works of Gwyneth Jones, Octavia Butler, Iain M Banks, William Gibson, and other science fiction authors Vint s discussion is firmlyAnxieties about embodiment and posthumanism have always found an outlet in the science fiction of the day In Bodies of Tomorrow, Sherryl Vint argues for a new model of an ethical and embodied posthuman subject through close readings of the works of Gwyneth Jones, Octavia Butler, Iain M Banks, William Gibson, and other science fiction authors Vint s discussion is firmly contextualized by discussions of contemporary technoscience, specifically genetics and information technology, and the implications of this technology for the way we consider human subjectivity.Engaging with theorists such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Anne Balsamo, N Katherine Hayles, and Douglas Kellner, Bodies of Tomorrow argues for the importance of challenging visions of humanity in the future that overlook our responsibility as embodied beings connected to a material world If we are to understand the post human subject, then we must acknowledge our embodied connection to the world around us and the value of our multiple subjective responses to it Vint s study thus encourages a move from the common liberal humanist approach to posthuman theory toward what she calls embodied posthumanism This timely work of science fiction criticism will prove fascinating to cultural theorists, philosophers, and literary scholars alike, as well as anyone concerned with the ethics of posthumanism.

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    One thought on “Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction

    1. Steen Ledet on said:

      A critical reading of a cluster of SF novels, all of which engage with embodiment in different ways. However, Vint's argument never seem to truly come together, always positing the novels as ideologically marred. It seems to me that several of these novels and authors are in fact producing critical work, critiquing conceptions of the human; rather than working only through representations these novels also work through aesthetics. As such, Vint's work never reaches the level of Carl Freedman's * [...]

    2. Teghan on said:

      Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Cyborg theory is a niche passion of mine and this collection of essays is fodder for the brain. The ideas suggested make you think and reconsider the world you inhabit in ways I am rarely challenged. I've read this book probably 4 times now and each time you get something new out of it. There are so many ideas packed in that one reading doesn't do it.

    3. M on said:

      Given that this book was finished in 2000, it is surprisingly current.

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