Faux Posthumanism

Cary Wolfe

in Animal Rites

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780226905136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226905129 | DOI:
Faux Posthumanism

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This chapter examines the discourse of species in Michael's Crichton's novel “Congo.” It suggests that the novel's logic of neocolonialism is that which organizes its species discourse and that the novel seems to offer an empirically informed and altogether up-to-date questioning of humanism's habit of limiting the issue of subjectivity to the human alone. This chapter also argues that though Crichton's fictional universe offers the most progressive discourse of species, it considers species distinction only as a problem of management in the posthuman context.

Keywords: Congo; Michael Crichton; species discourse; neocolonialism; subjectivity; posthumanism; humanism

Chapter.  9606 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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