universes without us posthuman cosmologies in american literature

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Universes Without Us

Author : Matthew A. Taylor
ISBN : 0816680604
Genre : Literary Criticism
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As Matthew A. Taylor's incisive readings reveal, the heterodox cosmologies of Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Adams, Charles Chesnutt, and Zora Neale Hurston reject the anthropocentric fantasy that sees the universe as a kind of reservoir of self-realization. Taylor shows how posthumanist theory can illuminate American literary texts and how those texts might, in turn, prompt a reassessment of posthumanist theory.

The Cambridge Companion To Literature And The Posthuman

Author : Bruce Clarke
ISBN : 9781107086203
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This book gathers diverse critical treatments from fifteen scholars of the posthuman and posthumanism together in a single volume.


Author : Nihad Farooq
ISBN : 9781479806997
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Reciprocity, Wonder, Consequence : Object Lessons in the Land of Fire -- Of Blindness, Blood, and Second Sight : Transpersonal Journeys from Brazil to Ethiopia -- Creole Authenticity and Cultural Performance : Ethnographic Personhood in the Twentieth Century -- Performing Diaspora : The Science of Speaking for Haiti -- Conclusion : "I Danced, I Don't Know How" : Media, Race, and the Posthuman

Universes Without Selves Cosmologies Of The Non Human In American Literature

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Focusing on texts by Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Adams, Charles Chesnutt, and Zora Neale Hurston, "Universes without Selves: Cosmologies of the Non-Human in American Literature" examines heterodox American cosmologies that challenged nineteenth- and early twentieth-century attempts at ecstatically fusing self and universe. Though conceding to their optimistic counterparts (e.g., mesmerism, transcendentalism, evolutionary historiography, theosophy) that people are materially and spiritually united with the cosmos, the cosmologies that I consider refuse to see this union as an occasion for exultation. In fact, they contend that such unity is more fatal than desirable, canceling rather than confirming the anthropocentric mystifications that made the universe a mere extension of ontologically superior human selves. Thus, unlike the utopian impulses of both past subject/object syntheses and present post-humanisms (e.g., of Deleuze, Hayles, Haraway), all of which fantasize not the death of the self but only its self-gratifying transformation, the cosmologies of Poe, Adams, Chesnutt, and Hurston represent selflessness as a terminal reality rather than a salvific ideal.

The Annotated Poe

Author : Edgar Allan Poe
ISBN : 9780674055292
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Presents a selection of Poe's tales and poems with in-depth marginal notes elucidating his sources, obscure words and passages, and literary, biographical, and historical allusions.

The American Counterfeit

Author : Mary McAleer Balkun
ISBN : 9780817314972
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Focusing on texts written between 1880 and 1930, this book explores the concept of the 'counterfeit', both in terms of material goods and invented identities, and the ways that the acquisition of objects came to define individuals in American culture and literature.

Ariel S Ecology

Author : Monique Allewaert
ISBN : 0816689008
Genre : History
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Monique Allewaert contends that on eighteenth-century American plantations, labor practices and ecological particularities threatened the literal and conceptual boundaries that separated persons from the natural world. Integrating political philosophy and ecocriticism with literary analysis, "ArielOCOs Ecology" explores the forms of personhood that developed out of New World plantations, from Georgia and Florida through Jamaica to Haiti and colonial metropoles.

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