Posthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the Posthuman

Posthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the Posthuman


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Posthumous Life launches critical life studies: a mode of inquiry that neither endorses nor dismisses a wave of recent "turns" toward life, matter, vitality, inhumanity, animality, and the real. Questioning the nature and limits of life in the natural sciences, the essays in this volume examine the boundaries and significance of the human and the humanities in the wake of various redefinitions of what counts as life. They explore the possibility of theorizing life without assuming it to be either a simple substrate or an always-mediated effect of culture and difference. Posthumous Life provides new ways of thinking about animals, plants, humans, difference, sexuality, race, gender, identity, the earth, and the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231172158
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Critical Life Studies
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Claire Colebrook is professor of English at Penn State University.

Jami Weinstein is associate professor of gender studies at Linköping University.

Table of Contents

Preface: Postscript on the Posthuman
Introduction: Critical Life Studies and the Problems of Inhuman Rites and Posthumous Life, by Jami Weinstein and Claire Colebrook
Part I. Posthuman Vestiges
1. Pre- and PosthumanAnimals: The Limits and Possibilities of Animal-Human Relations, by Nicole Anderson
2. Posthumanism and Narrativity:Beginning Again with Arendt, Derrida, and Deleuze, by Frida Beckman
3. Subject Matters, by Susan Hekman
Part II. Organic Rites
4. Therefore, the Animal That SawDerrida, by Akira Mizuta Lippit
5. The Plant and theSovereign:Plant and Animal Life inDerrida, by Jeffrey T. Nealon
6. Of Ecology, Immunity, and Islands: The Lost Maples of Big Bend, by Cary Wolfe
Part III. Inorganic Rites
7. After Nature: The Dynamic Automation of Technical Objects, by Luciana Parisi
8. Nonpersons, by Alastair Hunt
9. Supra- and Subpersonal Registersof Political Physiology, by John Protevi
10. Geophilosophy, Geocommunism: Is There Life After Man?, by Arun Saldanha
Part IV. Posthumous Life
11. Proliferation, Extinction, and anAnthropocene Aesthetic, by Myra J. Hird
12. Spectral Life: The Uncanny Valley Is in Fact aGigantic Plain, Stretching as Far as the Eye Can See in Every Direction, by Timothy Morton
13. Darklife: Negation, Nothingness,and the Will-to-Life in Schopenhauer, by Eugene Thacker
14. Thinking Life: The Problem Has Changed, by Isabelle Stengers

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