By Despina Kakoudaki
By reading a variety of literary texts and flicks (including episodes from Twilight Zone, the fiction of Philip ok. Dick, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never enable Me move, 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 myth of the unreal start, the delusion 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 parts to the query of what constitutes the human.
This targeted method of the subject of the unreal, built, or mechanical individual permits us to re-evaluate the construction of synthetic life. via 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 skill to be a person.
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