Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersections of Media, Bioscience, and Technology

Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersections of Media, Bioscience, and Technology

by Anneke M. Smelik
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0295988096

ISBN-13: 9780295988092

Pub. Date: 05/28/2008

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Since World War II, the biological and technological have been fusing and merging in new ways, resulting in the loss of a clear distinction between the two. This entanglement of biology with technology isn't new, but the pervasiveness of that integration is staggering, as is the speed at which the two have been merging in recent decades. As this process permeates

Overview

Since World War II, the biological and technological have been fusing and merging in new ways, resulting in the loss of a clear distinction between the two. This entanglement of biology with technology isn't new, but the pervasiveness of that integration is staggering, as is the speed at which the two have been merging in recent decades. As this process permeates more of everyday life, the urgent necessity arises to rethink both biology and technology. Indeed, the human body can no longer be regarded either as a bounded entity or as a naturally given and distinct part of an unquestioned whole.

Bits of Life assumes a posthuman definition of the body. It is grounded in questions about today's biocultures, which pertain neither to humanist bodily integrity nor to the anthropological assumption that human bodies are the only ones that matter. Editors Anneke Smelik and Nina Lykke aid in mapping changes and transformations and in striking a middle road between the metaphor and the material. In exploring current reconfigurations of bodies and embodied subjects, the contributors pursue a technophilic, yet critical, path while articulating new and thoroughly appraised ethical standards.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295988092
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Series:
In Vivo Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Bits of Life: An Introduction / Anneke Smelik and Nina Lykke

PART 1. HISTORIES AND GENEALOGIES1. Feminist Cultural Studies of Technoscience: Portrait of an Implosion / Nina Lykke

2. Roots and Routes: The Making of Feminist Cultural Studies of Technoscience / Maureen McNeil

3. "There Are Always More Things Going On Than You Thought!" Methodologies as Thinking Technologies: Interview with Donna Haraway / Nina Lykke, Randi Markussen, and Finn Olesen

PART 2. RECONFIGURED BODIES4. Fluid Ecologies: Changing Hormonal Systems of Embodied Difference / Celia Roberts

5. Parenthood and Kinship in IVF for Humans and Animals: On Traveling Bits of Life in the Age of Genetics / Amade M'Charek and Grietje Keller

6. From Rambo Sperm to Egg Queens: Two Versions of Lennart Nilsson's Film on Human Reproduction / Mette Bryld and Nina Lykke

7. Screening the Gene: Hollywood Cinema and the Genetic Imaginary / Jackie Stacey

PART 3. REMEDIATED BODIES8. MyLifeBits: The Computer as Memory Machine / Jose van Dijck

9. Tunnel Vision: Inner, Outer, and Virtual Space in Science Fiction Films and Medical Documentaries / Anneke Smelik

10. What if Frankenstein('s Monster) Was a Girl?: Reproduction and Subjectivity in the Digital Age / Jenny Sunden

PART 4. PHILOSOPHIES OF LIFE11. Living in a Posthumanist Material World: Lessons from Schrodinger's Cat / Karen Barad

12. The Politics of Life as Bios/Zoe / Rosi Braidotti

BibliographyContributorsIndex

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >