Posthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the Posthuman by Jami WeinsteinPosthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the Posthuman by Jami Weinstein

Posthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the Posthuman

EditorJami Weinstein, Claire Colebrook

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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Posthumous Life launches critical life studies: a mode of inquiry that neither endorses nor dismisses a wave of recent "turns" toward life, matter, vitality, inhumanity, animality, and the real. Questioning the nature and limits of life in the natural sciences, the essays in this volume examine the boundaries and significance of the human and the humanities in the wake of various redefinitions of what counts as life. They explore the possibility of theorizing life without assuming it to be either a simple substrate or an always-mediated effect of culture and difference. Posthumous Life provides new ways of thinking about animals, plants, humans, difference, sexuality, race, gender, identity, the earth, and the future.

Claire Colebrook is professor of English at Penn State University. Jami Weinstein is associate professor of gender studies at Linköping University.
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Title:Posthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the PosthumanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:392 pagesPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231172141

ISBN - 13:9780231172141

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Table of Contents

Preface: Postscript on the PosthumanIntroduction: Critical Life Studies and the Problems of Inhuman Rites and Posthumous Life, by Jami Weinstein and Claire ColebrookPart I. Posthuman Vestiges1. Pre- and Posthuman Animals: The Limits and Possibilities of Animal-Human Relations, by Nicole Anderson2. Posthumanism and Narrativity: Beginning Again with Arendt, Derrida, and Deleuze, by Frida Beckman3. Subject Matters, by Susan HekmanPart II. Organic Rites4. Therefore, the Animal That Saw Derrida, by Akira Mizuta Lippit5. The Plant and the Sovereign: Plant and Animal Life in Derrida, by Jeffrey T. Nealon6. Of Ecology, Immunity, and Islands: The Lost Maples of Big Bend, by Cary WolfePart III. Inorganic Rites7. After Nature: The Dynamic Automation of Technical Objects, by Luciana Parisi8. Nonpersons, by Alastair Hunt9. Supra- and Subpersonal Registers of Political Physiology, by John Protevi10. Geophilosophy, Geocommunism: Is There Life After Man?, by Arun SaldanhaPart IV. Posthumous Life11. Proliferation, Extinction, and an Anthropocene Aesthetic, by Myra J. Hird12. Spectral Life: The Uncanny Valley Is in Fact a Gigantic Plain, Stretching as Far as the Eye Can See in Every Direction, by Timothy Morton13. Darklife: Negation, Nothingness, and the Will-to-Life in Schopenhauer, by Eugene Thacker14. Thinking Life: The Problem Has Changed, by Isabelle StengersIndex

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This collection of insightful and comprehensive essays resists the celebratory tone on the question of the posthuman and provides much-needed critical depth and analytic vigor. A necessary and novel contribution to the studies of life and biopolitics.