Being Posthuman: Ontologies of the Future (Paperback)

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Being Posthuman: Ontologies of the Future (Paperback)


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Posthumanism is both a descriptive and a prescriptive term. Firstly, it registers a shift beginning in the late 1960s and epitomized by Foucault's "the death of Man". Secondly, it refers to the future and a new relationship with the non-human, along with a different understanding of human exceptionalism.

In Being Posthuman: Ontologies of the Future, Zahi Zalloua interrogates this future and shows that "post-" does not necessarily mean 'after' or that what comes after is more advanced than what has gone before. He pursues this line of inquiry across four distinct, yet interrelated, figures: cyborgs, animals, objects, and racialized and excluded 'others'. These figures disrupt the narrative of the 'human' and its singularity and by reading them together, Zalloua determines that it is only when posthumanist discourse is combined with psychoanalysis that subjectivity can be properly examined.
Zahi Zalloua is Cushing Eells Professor of Philosophy and Literature and Professor of French and Interdisciplinary Studies at Whitman College and editor of The Comparatist. His research interests include literary theory, interdisciplinary approaches to philosophy and literature, experimental fiction, and gender studies. He is the author of Zizek on Race: Toward an Anti-Racist Future (Bloomsbury, 2020).
Product Details ISBN: 9781350151093
ISBN-10: 1350151092
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: January 14th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English