Embodying Technesis: Technology beyond Writing

Embodying Technesis: Technology beyond Writing

by Mark B.N. Hansen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472096621

ISBN-13: 9780472096626

Pub. Date: 10/09/2000

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


Critics of contemporary culture have argued that critical theory must keep pace with technological change and, in the process, have instituted a theoretical model that restricts consideration of technology's impact on human experience to those dimensions that can be captured in language. In this wide-ranging critical study of poststructuralism's legacy to…  See more details below

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Critics of contemporary culture have argued that critical theory must keep pace with technological change and, in the process, have instituted a theoretical model that restricts consideration of technology's impact on human experience to those dimensions that can be captured in language. In this wide-ranging critical study of poststructuralism's legacy to contemporary cultural studies, Mark Hansen challenges the hegemony of this model, contending that technologies fundamentally alter our sensory experience and drastically affect what it means to live as embodied human agents.

Embodying Technesis examines how technological changes have rendered obsolete notions of technology as machine and as text. Voicing a sustained plea for rethinking the technological, Hansen argues that radical technological changes--from the steam engine to the internet and virtual reality--have fundamentally altered conditions of perception and, in so doing, changed the prevailing structures of modern experience. By emphasizing the dynamic interaction between technologies and bodies, between the diffuse effects of technological shifts and the collective embodied experiences of contemporary agents, Hansen opens the path for a radical revision of our understanding of the technological.

Mark Hansen is Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472096626
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
10/09/2000
Series:
Studies in Literature and Science Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Resistance to Technology1
Pt. 1Technology, Embodiment and Cultural Critique
Ch. 1Technoculture and Embodiment25
Ch. 2Locating the Technological Real53
Pt. 2The Machine Reduction of Technology
Ch. 3From Metaphor to Embodiment: Resisting Technesis77
Ch. 4Questioning the Machine Basis of Techne: Heidegger on Technology102
Ch. 5The Mechanics of Deconstruction: Derrida on de Man, or Poststructuralism in an Age of Cultural Studies122
Interlude 1Psyche and Metaphor: Derrida's Freud141
Pt. 3Tracking the Technological Real
Ch. 6Technology and External Experience: Reconsidering Freud's Project for a Scientific Psychology151
Ch. 7Technology beyond Thought, or How Real Is the Lacanian Real?170
Ch. 8Ontological Revolution at What Cost? Ambivalence in Deleuze and Guattari's Capitalism and Schizophrenia186
Interlude 2Breaking with the System: Technology beyond Semiotics212
Pt. 4Corporeal Mimesis
Ch. 9On Some Motifs in Benjamin: (Re)Embodying Technology as Erlebnis, or the Postlinguistic Afterlife of Mimesis231
Notes265
Bibliography307
Index323

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