The Melancholy Android: On the Psychology of Sacred Machines

The Melancholy Android: On the Psychology of Sacred Machines

by Eric G. Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791468453

ISBN-13: 9780791468456

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Explores the cultural significance of androids.

The Melancholy Android is a psychological study of the impulses behind the creation of androids. Exploring three imaginative figures—the mummy, the golem, and the automaton—and their appearances in myth, religion, literature, and film, Eric G. Wilson tracks the development of android-building and

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Explores the cultural significance of androids.

The Melancholy Android is a psychological study of the impulses behind the creation of androids. Exploring three imaginative figures—the mummy, the golem, and the automaton—and their appearances in myth, religion, literature, and film, Eric G. Wilson tracks the development of android-building and examines the lure of artificial doubles untroubled by awareness of self. Drawing from the works of philosophers Ficino, Kleist, Freud, and Jung; writers Goethe, Coleridge, Shelley, and Poe; and movies such as Metropolis, The Mummy, and Blade Runner, this book not only offers a range of sites from which to analyze the relationship between mind and machine, but also considers a pressing paradoxical dilemma—loving machines we want to hate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791468456
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. The Melancholy Android

2. The Mummy

3. The Golem

4. The Automaton

5. The Sadness of the Somnambulist

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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