In this Book

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Can love really be considered another form of technology?Dominic Pettman says it can-although not before carefully redefining technology as a cultural challenge to what we mean by the humanin the information age. Using the writings of such important thinkers as Giorgio Agamben, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Bernard Stiegler as a springboard, Pettman explores the techtonicmovements of contemporary culture, specifically in relation to the language of eros. Highly ritualized expressions of desire-love, in other words-always reveal an era's attitude toward what it means to exist as a self among others. For Pettman, the articulation of love is a technique of belonging: a way of responding to the basic plurality of everyone's identity, a process that becomes increasingly complex as the forms of mediated communication, from cell phone and text messaging to the mass media, multiply and mesh together.Wresting the idea of love from the arthritic hands of Romanticism, Pettman demonstrates the ways in which this dynamic assemblage-the stirrings of the soul-have always been a matter of tools, devices, prosthetics, and media. Love is, after all, something we make. And, love, this book argues, is not eternal, but external.

Table of Contents

  1. Love and Other Technologies
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. One: Love and Other Technologies
  2. pp. 16-41
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  1. Two: The Storable Future and the Stored Past
  2. pp. 42-69
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  1. Three: In the Artificial Gardens of Eden-Olympia
  2. pp. 70-83
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  1. Four: Facing the Interface
  2. pp. 84-107
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  1. Five: ‘‘How Was It For Me?’’ Not-Seeing the Non-Spaces of Pornography
  2. pp. 108-128
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  1. Six: A Self of One’s Own?
  2. pp. 129-158
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  1. Seven: Mind the Gap
  2. pp. 159-178
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  1. Eight: Asymptotic Encounters: Love Freed from Itself
  2. pp. 179-197
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  1. Conclusion: Of Mice and Multitudes
  2. pp. 198-208
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 209-236
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 237-249
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-267
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823248131
Print ISBN
9780823226689
MARC Record
OCLC
156286842
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
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