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The Melancholy Android is a psychological study of the impulses behind the creation of androids. Exploring three imaginative figures—the mummy, the golem, and the automaton—and their appearances in myth, religion, literature, and film, Eric G. Wilson tracks the development of android-building and examines the lure of artificial doubles untroubled by awareness of self. Drawing from the works of philosophers Ficino, Kleist, Freud, and Jung; writers Goethe, Coleridge, Shelley, and Poe; and movies such as Metropolis, The Mummy, and Blade Runner, this book not only offers a range of sites from which to analyze the relationship between mind and machine, but also considers a pressing paradoxical dilemma—loving machines we want to hate.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. THE MELANCHOLY ANDROID
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. v
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. THE MELANCHOLY ANDROID
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. 2. THE MUMMY
  2. pp. 33-62
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  1. 3. THE GOLEM
  2. pp. 63-94
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  1. 4. THE AUTOMATON
  2. pp. 95-124
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  1. 5. THE SADNESS OF THE SOMNAMBULIST
  2. pp. 125-136
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  1. CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 137-141
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 169-172
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791481325
Related ISBN
9780791468456
MARC Record
OCLC
71851059
Pages
180
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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