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Jeffery, Scott: The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics. Human, Superhuman, Transhuman, Post/Human. (Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels.) New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. (264 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-54950-1
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-137-57822-8
BibTeX citation key: Jeffery2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: Deleuze. Gilles, Guattari. Félix, Postmoderne, Superheld, USA
Creators: Jeffery
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
Abstract
This book examines the concepts of Post/Humanism and Transhumanism as depicted in superhero comics. Recent decades have seen mainstream audiences embrace the comic book Superhuman. Meanwhile there has been increasing concern surrounding human enhancement technologies, with the techno-scientific movement of Transhumanism arguing that it is time humans took active control of their evolution. Utilising Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of the rhizome as a non-hierarchical system of knowledge to conceptualize the superhero narrative in terms of its political, social and aesthetic relations to the history of human technological enhancement, this book draws upon a diverse range of texts to explore the way in which the posthuman has been represented in superhero comics, while simultaneously highlighting its shared historical development with Post/Humanist critical theory and the material techno-scientific practices of Transhumanism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Human, Superhuman, Transhuman, Post/Human (1)
What Is Posthumanism? (11)
The Rhizome of Comic Book Culture (37)
The Perfect Body (69)
The Cosmic Body (93)
The Military-Industrial Body (115)
Animal Bodies and Artificial Bodies (137)
Reading the Superhuman (155)
Readers on Transhumanism and Post/Humanism (175)
Towards a Theory of Reader-Text Assemblages (205)
The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics (227)

Bibliography (239)
Index (259)


  
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