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The Resource Universes without us : posthuman cosmologies in American literature, Matthew A. Taylor

Universes without us : posthuman cosmologies in American literature, Matthew A. Taylor

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Universes without us : posthuman cosmologies in American literature
Title
Universes without us
Title remainder
posthuman cosmologies in American literature
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Matthew A. Taylor
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Posthuman cosmologies in American literature
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eng
Summary
" During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a wide variety of American writers proposed the existence of energies connecting human beings to cosmic processes. From varying points of view--scientific, philosophical, religious, and literary--they suggested that such energies would eventually result in the perfection of individual and collective bodies, assuming that assimilation into larger networks of being meant the expansion of humanity's powers and potentialities--a belief that continues to inform much posthumanist theory today. Universes without Us explores a lesser-known countertradition in American literature. 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. For these authors, the world can be made neither "other" nor "mirror." Instead, humans are enmeshed with "alien" processes that are both constitutive and destructive of "us." By envisioning universes no longer our own, these cosmologies picture a form of interconnectedness that denies any human ability to master it. Universes without Us demonstrates how the questions, possibilities, and dangers raised by the posthuman appeared nearly two centuries ago. Taylor finds in these works an untimely engagement with posthumanism, particularly in their imagining of universes in which humans are only one category of heterogeneous thing in a vast array of species, objects, and forces. He shows how posthumanist theory can illuminate American literary texts and how those texts might, in turn, prompt a reassessment of posthumanist theory. By understanding the posthuman as a materialist cosmology rather than a technological innovation, Taylor extends the range of thinkers who can be included in contemporary conversations about the posthuman. "--
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1978-
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Taylor, Matthew A.
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Adams, Henry
  • Chesnutt, Charles W.
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Cosmology in literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Humanity in literature
  • Human beings in literature
  • Self in literature
  • Order (Philosophy) in literature
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Universes without us : posthuman cosmologies in American literature, Matthew A. Taylor
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Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.) -- The Johns Hopkins University, 2009
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Immortal Post-Mortems -- 1. Edgar Allan Poe's Meta/Physics -- 2. Henry Adams's Half-Life: The Science of Autobiography -- 3. "By an Act of Self-Creation": On Becoming Human in America -- 4. Hoodoo You Think You Are?: Self-Conjuration in Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman -- 5. "It Might Be the Death of You": Hurston's Voodoo Ethnography -- Coda: "The Cosmo-Political Party" -- Notes -- Index
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ebr10843271
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unknown
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1 online resource (279 pages)
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online
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9781452940519
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(e-book)
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computer
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rdamedia
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Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2014. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries
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illustrations
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remote
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(OCoLC)871781386
Label
Universes without us : posthuman cosmologies in American literature, Matthew A. Taylor
Publication
Copyright
Note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.) -- The Johns Hopkins University, 2009
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Immortal Post-Mortems -- 1. Edgar Allan Poe's Meta/Physics -- 2. Henry Adams's Half-Life: The Science of Autobiography -- 3. "By an Act of Self-Creation": On Becoming Human in America -- 4. Hoodoo You Think You Are?: Self-Conjuration in Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman -- 5. "It Might Be the Death of You": Hurston's Voodoo Ethnography -- Coda: "The Cosmo-Political Party" -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ebr10843271
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (279 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781452940519
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2014. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)871781386

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