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Coda: Is It Morphin Time?

David Greetham

in Electronic Text

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236634.003.0009
Coda: Is It Morphin Time?

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The question for a ‘coda’ to a collection the electronic text is whether one might be close to achieving that new norm, whether the brave new world of biomorphs and cybernetics has begun to change the temporal and logistic contours of identity so that, just as the agency of the human subject may be called into question as a biographical, biological, and coherently historical figure under postmodernism, so may the textual productions of a newly digitised sensibility. Morphing is not just immortality, it is change itself. In other words, morphing as a general biological phenomenon is already a condition of nature, according to this law of the preservation of energy as Publius Ovidius Naso shows in the opening lines of his Metamorphoses.

Keywords: coda; electronic text; biomorphs; cybernetics; morphing; energy; Publius Ovidius Naso; Metamorphoses

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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