Neil Badmington's Alien Chic: Posthumanism and the Other Within PDF

By Neil Badmington

Alien Chic offers a cultural historical past of the alien because the Fifties, asking ourselves why our attitudes to extraterrestrial beings have shifted from worry to affection, and what this may let us know approximately how we now see ourselves and others.

Neil Badmington explores our dating with extraterrestrial beings, inscribed in movies comparable to The conflict of the Worlds, Mars Attacks!, Mission to Mars and Independence Day; and the way thinkers corresponding to Descartes, Barthes, Freud, Lyotard and Derrida have conceptualised what it capacity to be human (and post-human).

Alien Chic examines the the concept that of posthumanism in an age while the strains among what's human and what's non-human are more and more blurred through advances in technology and know-how, for instance genetic cloning and engineering, and the improvement of AI and cyborgs.

Questioning no matter if our present embracing of all issues 'alien' - within the type of extraterrestrial devices or abduction narratives, for example - stems from a wish to reaffirm ourselves as 'human', this can be an unique and thought-provoking contribution to the examine of posthumanism.

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