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Pod almighty!; or, humanism, posthumanism, and the strange case of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Badmington, Neil 2001. Pod almighty!; or, humanism, posthumanism, and the strange case of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Textual Practice 15 (1) , pp. 5-22. 10.1080/09502360010013848

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Abstract

How is posthumanism to be theorized, approached, recognized? If traces of humanism haunt even the most extreme of incarnations of posthumanist thought, how should the 'post-' of posthumanism be understood? If tradition keeps coming back, if anthropocentrism will not be laid to rest, it is perhaps time to rethink what is to be done. Drawing principally on the theories of Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan, this essay intervenes in the posthumanist debate by sketching out a somewhat different approach to the problem. Taking Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers as an example, I argue that the film's apparent humanism is always already being called into question from within. That is to say, humanism is forever becoming posthumanism. The task of the critic, I suggest, is to seek and exploit humanism's internal contradictions until posthumanism will have been a possibility.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humanism; Posthumanism; Invasion Of The Body Snatchers; Deconstruction; Psychoanalysis
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:13
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/74454

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