Butler, Hayles, Haraway
Publication Year: 2012
As exemplary representatives of a form of critical feminism, the writings of Judith Butler, Katherine Hayles, and Donna Haraway offer entry into the great crises of contemporary society, politics, and culture. Butler leads readers to rethink the boundaries of the human in a time of perpetual war. Hayles turns herself into a “writing machine” in order to find a dwelling place for the digital humanities within the austere landscape of the culture of the code. Haraway is the one contemporary thinker to have begun the necessary ethical project of creating a new language of potential reconciliation among previously warring species.
According to Arthur Kroker, the postmodernism of Judith Butler, the posthumanism of Katherine Hayles, and the companionism of Donna Haraway are possible pathways to the posthuman future that is captured by the specter of body drift. Body drift refers to the fact that individuals no longer inhabit a body, in any meaningful sense of the term, but rather occupy a multiplicity of bodies: gendered, sexualized, laboring, disciplined, imagined, and technologically augmented.
Body drift is constituted by the blast of information culture envisioned by artists, communicated by social networking, and signified by its signs. It is lived daily by remixing, resplicing, and redesigning the codes: codes of gender, sexuality, class, ideology, and identity. The writings of Butler, Hayles, and Haraway, Kroker reveals, provide the critical vocabulary and political context for understanding the deep complexities of body drift and challenging the current emphasis on the material body.
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright
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Research Council of Canada for research support (Digital Inflec-and Theory at the University of Victoria represents a form of long-term intellectual support that has made interdisciplinary projects sity of Minnesota Press as well as by the Faculty Editorial Commit-tee were very helpful in preparing the manuscript for publication. ...
1. Body Drift
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Though it was anticipated that the speed and intensity of techno-logical change would effectively marginalize concern with the body, highlighting the digital rather than the corporeal, subordinating human flesh to data flesh, quite the opposite has occurred. Images of the corporeal body are the key visual language of contemporary ...
2. Contingencies: Nietzsche in Drag in the Theater of Judith Butler
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...and perhaps, if the winds of fate are favorable, transforming con-temporary politics than Judith Butler’s eloquent study of moral speaking eloquently, passionately, historically about another eth-ics, another body, another space, Butler injects into contemporary public debate something that was thought to have been lost forever: ...
3. Complexities: The Posthuman Subject of Katherine Hayles
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With the writings of Katherine Hayles, complexity theory is trans-formed from its origins in the scientific epistēmē, becoming the basis of a worldview that not only grounds the study of electronic textuality in a “new materialism” but also transforms the concept of complexity itself into the essence of a more comprehensive vi-...
4. Hybridities: Donna Haraway and Bodies of Paradox
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There is a painting by the Canadian artist Alex Colville that power-fully captures, although in reverse image, the theoretical imagina-tion of Donna Haraway. Titled Horse and Train, the painting regis-ters an approaching collision of two radically dissimilar forces—the mechanical technology of the speeding train running on its fixed ...
Epilogue: Bodies and Power
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What is the future of the body in a society inscribed by the regime of computation, mobilized by increasingly phantasmagoric visions of the war on terror, and resistant to the perspective of companion The writings of Butler, Hayles, and Haraway are at the epicenter of contemporary political debate. Not only have they explored in ...
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Other Works in the Series, About the Author
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Arthur kroker is Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture, and Theory; professor of political science; and director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Born Again Ideology: Religion, Technol-...
Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Posthumanities