Communicating <i>The Fly</i>

Bruce Clarke

in Posthuman Metamorphosis

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228508
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240999 | DOI:
Communicating The Fly

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The Fly unfolds the paradoxes of media in displaying the transformative power or posthuman agency of communications technology. The Fly first appeared in the form of a short story published in Playboy in June 1957 by George Langelaan, a British writer raised in France. Within a year it was rescripted and made it to Twenty Century Fox, and after that it was followed by two other versions. The metamorphic event in each version of Fly is the matrix for a recursive network of biological, technological, and narrative system-environment references. Langelaan's short story, Neumann's movie, and Cronenberg's remake are the versions that have effectively introduced new shapes into the social imaginary. And with a generation of cybernetic media culture under The Fly, its second narrative remediation in Croneberg's film probes more in the systematic of organic-technological hybridity under a first order cybernetic regime.

Keywords: media; technology; cybernetic; culture; movie; metamorphic event; The Fly

Chapter.  11430 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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