By Despina Kakoudaki
By studying a variety of literary texts and movies (including episodes from Twilight Zone, the fiction of Philip ok. Dick, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never enable Me pass, city, The Golem, Frankenstein, The Terminator, Iron guy, Blade Runner, and that i, Robot), and going again to alchemy and to Aristotle’s Physics and De Anima, she tracks 4 foundational narrative components during this centuries-old discourse— the delusion of the synthetic delivery, the fable of the mechanical physique, the tendency to symbolize man made humans as slaves, and the translation of artificiality as an existential trope. What unifies those investigations is the go back of all 4 parts to the query of what constitutes the human.
This targeted method of the subject of the substitute, built, or mechanical individual permits us to re-examine the construction of synthetic life. through targeting their historic provenance and textual versatility, Kakoudaki elucidates synthetic people’s major cultural functionality, that's the political and existential negotiation of what it capability to be a person.
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