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New Book: Postnaturalism: Frankenstein, Film, and the Anthropotechnical Interface

2014 July 31
by Shared by Steve Rust

A new bo9783837628173_216x1000ok by Shane Denson, a postdoctoral researcher at Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany (and now Duke, according to his blog) looks to offer an interesting application of materialism to media and “human-technological co-evolution”. Here’s a blurb from the publisher’s website. This book is also published by the German press Transcript. A PDF of the book’s TOC, forward, and introduction are available at: http://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-2817-3/postnaturalism

 

Postnaturalism offers an original account of human-technological co-evolution and argues that film and media theory, in particular, needs to be re-evaluated from the perspective of our material interfaces with a constantly changing environment. Extrapolating from Frankenstein films and the resonances they establish between a hybrid monster and the spectator hooked into the machinery of the cinema, Shane Denson engages debates in science studies and philosophy of technology to rethink histories of cinema, media, technology, and ultimately of the affective channels of our own embodiment.

 

Foreword by media theorist Mark B. N. Hansen.

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  1. August 23, 2014

    Thanks for spreading the word. It’s much appreciated!

    As you point out, the book is published by the German press Transcript-Verlag, but it is now also available through amazon; soon it should also appear in the catalog of Columbia University Press, who will be serving as the US distributor.

    If anyone is interested, I will be presenting one of the book’s central arguments at the conference “Philosophy After Nature” (the joint conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy, which is taking place September 3-5, 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands). A preview, which will also give you a better idea about what I’m up to in the book, is now up on my blog: http://wp.me/p1xJM8-zI

    Thanks again for sharing this!

    All the best,
    Shane

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