The Melancholy Android: On the Psychology of Sacred Machines

The Melancholy Android: On the Psychology of Sacred Machines

by Eric G. Wilson
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
9780791468463
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.45(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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