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Posthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the Posthuman (Critical Life Studies)

Posthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the Posthuman (Critical Life Studies)

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Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Columbia University Press
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Posthumous Life launches critical life studies: a mode of inquiry that neither endorses nor dismisses a wave of recent "turns" toward life, matter, vitality, inhumanity, animality, and the real. Questioning the nature and limits of life in the natural sciences, the essays in this volume examine the boundaries and significance of the human and the humanities in the wake of various redefinitions of what counts as life. They explore the possibility of theorizing life without assuming it to be either a simple substrate or an always-mediated effect of culture and difference. Posthumous Life provides new ways of thinking about animals, plants, humans, difference, sexuality, race, gender, identity, the earth, and the future.

About the Author

Claire Colebrook is professor of English at Penn State University. Jami Weinstein is associate professor of gender studies at Linköping University.