By Scott Bukatman

Scott Bukatman's Terminal Identity—referring to either the location of the termination of the normal "subject" and the start of a brand new subjectivity developed on the desktop terminal or tv screen--puts to relaxation any lingering doubts of the importance of technological know-how fiction in modern cultural experiences. Demonstrating a complete wisdom, either one of the heritage of technology fiction narrative from its earliest origins, and of cultural conception and philosophy, Bukatman redefines the character of human identification within the details Age.
Drawing on a variety of modern theories of the postmodern—including Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway, and Jean Baudrillard—Bukatman starts off with the proposition that Western tradition is anguish a obstacle caused by complicated digital applied sciences. Then in a sequence of chapters richly supported by means of analyses of literary texts, visible arts, movie, video, tv, comics, computing device video games, and images, Bukatman takes the reader on an odyssey that strains the postmodern topic from its present hindrance, via its shut encounters with know-how, and at last to new self-recognition. This new "virtual subject," as Bukatman defines it, situates the human and the technological as coexistent, codependent, and mutally defining.
Synthesizing the main provocative theories of postmodern tradition with a very encyclopedic remedy of the appropriate media, this quantity units a brand new regular within the examine of technological know-how fiction—a class that itself will be redefined in gentle of this paintings. Bukatman not just deals the main particular map thus far of the highbrow terrain of postmodern expertise studies—he arrives at new frontiers, supplying a propitious launching aspect for extra inquiries into the connection of digital know-how and culture.

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