Embodying Technesis: Technology beyond Writing

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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.

About the Author:

Mark Hansen is Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Resistance to Technology 1
Pt. 1 Technology, Embodiment and Cultural Critique
Ch. 1 Technoculture and Embodiment 25
Ch. 2 Locating the Technological Real 53
Pt. 2 The Machine Reduction of Technology
Ch. 3 From Metaphor to Embodiment: Resisting Technesis 77
Ch. 4 Questioning the Machine Basis of Techne: Heidegger on Technology 102
Ch. 5 The Mechanics of Deconstruction: Derrida on de Man, or Poststructuralism in an Age of Cultural Studies 122
Interlude 1 Psyche and Metaphor: Derrida's Freud 141
Pt. 3 Tracking the Technological Real
Ch. 6 Technology and External Experience: Reconsidering Freud's Project for a Scientific Psychology 151
Ch. 7 Technology beyond Thought, or How Real Is the Lacanian Real? 170
Ch. 8 Ontological Revolution at What Cost? Ambivalence in Deleuze and Guattari's Capitalism and Schizophrenia 186
Interlude 2 Breaking with the System: Technology beyond Semiotics 212
Pt. 4 Corporeal Mimesis
Ch. 9 On Some Motifs in Benjamin: (Re)Embodying Technology as Erlebnis, or the Postlinguistic Afterlife of Mimesis 231
Notes 265
Bibliography 307
Index 323
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