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    DescriptionSeparating hype from fact, this text investigates the fate of embodiment in the information age. It relates three interwoven stories: how information lost its body, that is, how it came to be conceptualized as an entity separate from the material forms that carry it; the cultural and technological constuction of the cyborg; and the dismantling of the humanist "subject" in cybernetic discourse, along with the emergence of the "posthuman". Ranging across the history of technology, cultural studies and literary criticism, the text shows what had erased, forgotten, and elided to conceive of information as a disembodied entity. The author moves from the post-World War II Macy Conferences on cybernetics to the 1952 novel "Limbo" by Bernard Wolfe; from the concept of self-making to Philip K. Dick's literary explorations of hallucination and reality; and from artificial life to postmodern novels exploring the implications of seeing humans as cybernetic systems.


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    Title
    How We Became Posthuman
    Subtitle
    Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) N. Katherine Hayles
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 360
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226321462
    ISBN 10: 0226321460
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: COM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.2
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: UBJ
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Approval Code: A23280000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 01
    BISAC V2.8: COM014000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC21: 303.4834
    BIC subject category V2: UYV
    DC22: 003.5
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 003/.5
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: Q335 .H394 1999
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A93220000
    BISAC V2.8: COM017000
    Thema V1.0: UBJ, PD, UYV
    Edition
    74
    Edition statement
    74th
    Illustrations note
    5 line drawings
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    05 March 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL