By Despina Kakoudaki
By reading a variety of literary texts and movies (including episodes from Twilight Zone, the fiction of Philip okay. Dick, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never allow Me pass, city, The Golem, Frankenstein, The Terminator, Iron guy, Blade Runner, and that i, Robot), and going again to alchemy and to Aristotle’s Physics and De Anima, she tracks 4 foundational narrative parts during this centuries-old discourse— the fable of the substitute start, the myth of the mechanical physique, the tendency to symbolize synthetic humans as slaves, and the translation of artificiality as an existential trope. What unifies those investigations is the go back of all 4 components to the query of what constitutes the human.
This centred method of the subject of the factitious, developed, or mechanical individual permits us to reassess the construction of man-made life. by means of targeting their historic provenance and textual versatility, Kakoudaki elucidates man made people’s major cultural functionality, that is the political and existential negotiation of what it capability to be a person.
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