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Digital Bodies and the Transformation of the Flesh

Sheila Briggs

in Toward a Theology of Eros

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226351
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226351.003.0008

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Digital Bodies and the Transformation of the Flesh

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Digital technology has become a vehicle for the human imagination that has sought a hidden potential under the skin. The convergence of digital and biotechnology opens up the possibility that the expanded visual resources available to our imagination could not only create new forms of the physical representation of the human body but could also translate these images into actual new forms of human corporeality. A human superbody is a new location for physical existence that may allow us to experience the universe in ways unknown before. It can therefore be a location in which we explore our sexuality in ways which we could not previously envisage and may therefore be productive of new sexual desires that are not dominated by the hierarchies of gender, race, and class. This chapter explores new economies of pleasure that emerge in the ongoing transformations of “digital” bodies at once glorious and grotesque.

Keywords: digital technology; biotechnology; physical representation; human body; corporeality; sexuality; sexual desires; pleasure; transformations

Chapter.  5335 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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