What is posthumanism and why does it matter? This reader offers an introduction to the ways in which humanism's belief in the natural supremacy of the Family of Man has been called into question at different moments and from different theoretical positions. What is the relationship between posthumanism and technology? Can posthumanism have a politics - post-colonial or feminist? Are postmodernism and poststructuralism posthumanist? What happens when critical theory meets Hollywood cinema? What links posthumanism to science fiction? Posthumanism addresses these and other questions in an attempt to come to terms with one of the most pressing issues facing contemporary society.
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Table of ContentsPreface.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction: Approaching Posthumanism; N. Badmington.- The Great Family of Man; R. Barthes.- The Instinct; R. Coward.- The Wretched of the Earth (extract); F. Fanon.- The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences (extract); M. Foucault.- Marxism and Humanism (extract); L. Althusser.- Prophylaxis and Virulence; J. Baudrillard.- Soft Fictions and Intimate Documents: Can Feminism be Posthuman?; P. Rabinowitz.- Skin-Flick: Posthuman Gender in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs; J. Halberstam.- A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century (extract); D. J. Haraway.- Posthumanist (Com) Promises: Diffracting Donna Haraway's Cyborg Through Marge Piercy's Body of Glass; N. Badmington.- Postcards from the Posthumanist Solar System; S. Bukatman.- Pagans, Perverts or Primitives? Experimental Justice in the Empire of Capital; B. Readings.- Can Thought Go on Without a Body?; J. Lyotard.- Summaries.- Glossary.- Suggestions for Further Reading.- Notes on Contributors.