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The Resource Unhuman culture, Daniel Cottom

Unhuman culture, Daniel Cottom

Label
Unhuman culture
Title
Unhuman culture
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Cottom
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"It is widely acknowledged that the unhuman plays a significant role in the definition of humanity in contemporary thought. It appears in the thematization of "the Other" in philosophical, psychoanalytic, anthropological, and postcolonial studies, and shows up in the "antihumanism" associated with figures such as Heidegger, Foucault, and Derrida. One might trace its genealogy, as Freud did, to the Copernican, Darwinian, and psychoanalytic revolutions that displaced humanity from the center of the universe. Or as Karl Marx and others suggested, one might lose human identity in the face of economic, technological, political, and ideological forces and structures. With dazzling breadth, wit, and intelligence, Unhuman Culture ranges over literature, art, and theory, ancient to postmodern, to explore the ways in which contemporary culture defines humanity in terms of all that it is not. Daniel Cottom is equally at home reading medieval saints' lives and the fiction of Angela Carter, plumbing the implications of Napoleon's self-coronation and the attacks of 9/11, considering the paintings of Pieter Bruegel and the plastic-surgery-as-performance of the body artist Orlan. For Cottom, the unhuman does not necessarily signify the inhuman, in the sense of conspicuous or extraordinary cruelty. It embraces, too, the superhuman, the supernatural, the demonic, and the subhuman; the supposedly disjunctive animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms; the realms of artifice, technology, and fantasy. It plays a role in theoretical discussions of the sublime, personal memoirs of the Holocaust, aesthetic reflections on technology, economic discourses on globalization, and popular accounts of terrorism. Whereas it once may have seemed that the concept of culture always, by definition, pertained to humanity, it now may seem impossible to avoid the realization that we must look at things differently. It is not only art, in the narrow sense of the word, that we must recognize as unhuman. For better or worse, ours is now an unhuman culture."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cottom, Daniel
Dewey number
700.1/08
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NX650.M537
LC item number
C68 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Misanthropy in art
  • Misanthropy in literature
  • Misanthropy
Label
Unhuman culture, Daniel Cottom
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
70836795
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 195 pages
Isbn
9780812239560
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006046172
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780812239560
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Unhuman culture, Daniel Cottom
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
70836795
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 195 pages
Isbn
9780812239560
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006046172
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780812239560
Other physical details
illustrations

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