The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future / Edition 1

The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future / Edition 1

by Marquard Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262195305

ISBN-13: 9780262195300

Pub. Date: 12/16/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

The thirteen original essays in The Prosthetic Impulse reassert the phenomenological, material and embodied nature of prosthesis without dismissing its metaphorical potential. They examine the historical and conceptual edge between the human and the posthuman - between flesh and its accompanying technologies. Rather than tracking the transformation of one into the…  See more details below

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The thirteen original essays in The Prosthetic Impulse reassert the phenomenological, material and embodied nature of prosthesis without dismissing its metaphorical potential. They examine the historical and conceptual edge between the human and the posthuman - between flesh and its accompanying technologies. Rather than tracking the transformation of one into the other, these essays address this borderline instead, and the delicate dialectical situation in which it places us. Concentrating on this edge, the collection demonstrates how the human has been technologized and technology humanized.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262195300
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
12/16/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
307
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2A leg to stand on : prosthetics, metaphor, and materiality17
3The vulnerable articulate : James Gillingham, Aimee Mullins, and Matthew Barney43
4The physiology of art73
5Stumped by genes : Lingua Gataca, DNA, and prosthesis91
6The bug's body : a disappearing act107
7On the subject of neural and sensory prostheses125
8Disability, masculinity, and the prosthetics of war, 1945 to 2005155
9Naked187
10Visual technologies as cognitive prostheses : a short history of the externalization of the mind203
11Prosthetists at 33 1/3221
12Technology or the discourse of speed237
13Drawing machine : working through the materiality of Rauschenberg's Dante and Derrida's Freud265

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