By Despina Kakoudaki
By reading a variety of literary texts and movies (including episodes from Twilight Zone, the fiction of Philip okay. Dick, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never enable Me cross, city, The Golem, Frankenstein, The Terminator, Iron guy, Blade Runner, and that i, Robot), and going again to alchemy and to Aristotle’s Physics and De Anima, she tracks 4 foundational narrative parts during this centuries-old discourse— the fable of the substitute delivery, the fable of the mechanical physique, the tendency to symbolize man made humans as slaves, and the translation of artificiality as an existential trope. What unifies those investigations is the go back of all 4 components to the query of what constitutes the human.
This concentrated method of the subject of the unreal, developed, or mechanical individual permits us to think again the construction of synthetic life. through concentrating on their ancient provenance and textual versatility, Kakoudaki elucidates man made people’s major cultural functionality, that is the political and existential negotiation of what it skill to be a person.
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Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema, and the Cultural Work of Artificial People by Despina Kakoudaki