Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing

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University of Michigan Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 338 pages
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Critics of contemporary culture have argued that critical theory must keep pace with technological change and, in the process, have instituted a theoretical model that restricts consideration of technology's impact on human experience to those dimensions that can be captured in language. In this wide-ranging critical study of poststructuralism's legacy to contemporary cultural studies, Mark Hansen challenges the hegemony of this model, contending that technologies fundamentally alter our sensory experience and drastically affect what it means to live as embodied human agents.
Embodying Technesis examines how technological changes have rendered obsolete notions of technology as machine and as text. Voicing a sustained plea for rethinking the technological, Hansen argues that radical technological changes--from the steam engine to the internet and virtual reality--have fundamentally altered conditions of perception and, in so doing, changed the prevailing structures of modern experience. By emphasizing the dynamic interaction between technologies and bodies, between the diffuse effects of technological shifts and the collective embodied experiences of contemporary agents, Hansen opens the path for a radical revision of our understanding of the technological.
Mark Hansen is Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University.
 

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Contents

The Resistance to Technology
1
Technology Embodiment and Cultural Critique
23
Technoculture and Embodiment
25
Locating the Technological Real
53
The Machine Reduction of Technology
75
From Metaphor to Embodiment Resisting Technesis
77
Questioning the Machine Basis of Techne Heidegger on Technology
102
The Mechanics of Deconstruction Derrida on de Man or Poststructuralism in an Age of Cultural Studies
122
Technology and External Experience Reconsidering Freuds Project for a Scientific Psychology
151
Technology beyond Thought or How Real Is the Lacanian Real?
170
Ontological Revolution at What Cost? Ambivalence in Deleuze and Guattaris Capitalism and Schizophrenia
186
Breaking with the System Technology beyond Semiotics
212
Corporeal Mimesis
229
On Some Motifs in Benjamin ReEmbodying Technology as Erlebnis or the Postlinguistic Afterlife of Mimesis
231
Notes
265
Bibliography
307

Psyche and Metaphor Derridas Freud
141
Tracking the Technological Real
149

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