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Reconfiguring human, nonhuman and posthuman in literature and culture

Contributor(s): Series: Perspectives on the non-human in literature and culturePublisher: New York : Routledge, 2020Copyright date: ©2020Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 286 pages) : illustrationsISBN:
  • 9780429512766
  • 9780429243042
  • 0429243049
  • 9780429519628
  • 0429519621
  • 0429512767
  • 9780429516191
  • 0429516193
Subject(s): Genre/Form: LOC classification:
  • PN56.T37 R44 2019eb
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Contents:
On the possibility of a posthuman/ist literature(s) / Carole Guesse -- Posthumanist reading: witnessing ghosts, summoning nonhuman powers / Karoliina Lummaa -- Becoming-instrument: thinking with Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation and Timothy Morton's Hyperobjects / Kaisa Kortekallio -- Alien overtures: speculating about nonhuman experiences with comic book characters / Essi Varis -- Playing the nonhuman: alien experiences in Aliens vs. Predator / Jonne Arjoranta -- Wild things squeezed in the closet: monsters of children's literature as nonhuman others / Marleena Mustola and Sanna Karkulehto -- Dead dog talking: posthumous, preposthumous, and preposterous canine narration in Charles Siebert's Angus / Mikko Keskinen -- Carnivorous anatomies: art and being beasts / Brad Bolman -- Reconfiguring human and nonhuman animals in a guiding assemblage: towards posthumanist conception of disability / Hana Porkertová -- Meeting the machine halfway: towards non-anthropocentric semiotics / Cléo Collomb and Samuel Goyet -- Journeys in intensity: human and nonhuman co-agency, neuropower, and counterplay in Minecraft / Marleena Huuhka -- Cyborganic wearables: sociotechnical misbehavior and the evolution of nonhuman agency / Patricia Flanagan and Raune Frankjær -- Unnarratable matter: emergence, narrative, and material ecocriticism / Juha Raipola
Summary: "The time has come for human cultures to seriously think, to severely conceptualize, and to earnestly fabulate about all the nonhuman critters we share our world with, and to consider how to strive for more ethical cohabitation. Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture tackles this severe matter within the framework of literary and cultural studies. The emphasis of the inquiry is on the various ways actual and fictional nonhumans are reconfigured in contemporary culture - although, as long as the domain of nonhumanity is carved in the negative space of humanity, addressing these issues will inevitably clamor for the reconfiguration of the human as well"-- Provided by publisher
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On the possibility of a posthuman/ist literature(s) / Carole Guesse -- Posthumanist reading: witnessing ghosts, summoning nonhuman powers / Karoliina Lummaa -- Becoming-instrument: thinking with Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation and Timothy Morton's Hyperobjects / Kaisa Kortekallio -- Alien overtures: speculating about nonhuman experiences with comic book characters / Essi Varis -- Playing the nonhuman: alien experiences in Aliens vs. Predator / Jonne Arjoranta -- Wild things squeezed in the closet: monsters of children's literature as nonhuman others / Marleena Mustola and Sanna Karkulehto -- Dead dog talking: posthumous, preposthumous, and preposterous canine narration in Charles Siebert's Angus / Mikko Keskinen -- Carnivorous anatomies: art and being beasts / Brad Bolman -- Reconfiguring human and nonhuman animals in a guiding assemblage: towards posthumanist conception of disability / Hana Porkertová -- Meeting the machine halfway: towards non-anthropocentric semiotics / Cléo Collomb and Samuel Goyet -- Journeys in intensity: human and nonhuman co-agency, neuropower, and counterplay in Minecraft / Marleena Huuhka -- Cyborganic wearables: sociotechnical misbehavior and the evolution of nonhuman agency / Patricia Flanagan and Raune Frankjær -- Unnarratable matter: emergence, narrative, and material ecocriticism / Juha Raipola

"The time has come for human cultures to seriously think, to severely conceptualize, and to earnestly fabulate about all the nonhuman critters we share our world with, and to consider how to strive for more ethical cohabitation. Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture tackles this severe matter within the framework of literary and cultural studies. The emphasis of the inquiry is on the various ways actual and fictional nonhumans are reconfigured in contemporary culture - although, as long as the domain of nonhumanity is carved in the negative space of humanity, addressing these issues will inevitably clamor for the reconfiguration of the human as well"-- Provided by publisher

Sanna Karkulehto is Professor of Literature at the University of Jyväskylä Finland. She has published books, articles and book chapters on the critical study of representation, the politics of discourse, and the politics of difference. Her latest co-edited anthology offers theorization on the ethics and politics of reading when studying representations of gender and violence. Aino-Kaisa Koistinen (PhD, contemporary culture studies) currently works as postdoctoral researcher in contemporary culture studies at the University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests include feminist theory, posthumanism, crime fiction and speculative fiction, transmediality, and monster studies. Essi Varis is a graduate student in Comparative Literature and Comics at the University of Jyväskylä. She defended her doctoral compilation dissertation Graphic Human Experiments: Frankensteinian Cognitive Logics of Characters in Vertigo Comics and Beyond in April of 2019.

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