Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing

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Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing is designed to spark conversation. It is intended to highlight the growing importance of posthumanist approaches to writing studies, and, in doing so, works to solidify the importance of such work to the future of writing studies. Its organizational structure, length, and approach serve this agenda, working as much to encourage a growing conversation as it does to provide substantial, original work from which such conversations might emerge. The thirteen original essays that comprise Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing are organized to provide a progression from articles that introduce theoretical concepts regarding the intersections of posthumanism and writing to works that examine specific contexts as vehicles for developing posthumanist theories.

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WRITING POSTHUMANISM, POSTHUMAN WRITING
POSTHUMAN WRITING
PARLOR
SIDNEY I. DOBRIN EDITED BY
Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing
New Media Theory Serîes Edîtor, Byron Hawk
Te New Medîa Teory serîes învestîgates bot medîa and new medîa as compex retorîca ecoogîes. Te merger o medîa and new me-dîa creates a goba pubîc spere tat îs cangîng te ways we work, pay, wrîte, teac, tînk, and connect. Because tese ecoogîes operate troug evovîng arrangements, teorîes o new medîa ave yet to es-tabîs a retorîca and teoretîca paradîgm tat uy artîcuates tîs emergîng dîgîta îe. Te serîes încudes books tat depoy retorîca, socîa, cutura, poîtîca, textua, aestetîc, and materîa teorîes în order to artîcu-ate moments o medîatîon tat compose tese contemporary medîa ecoogîes. Suc works typîcay brîng retorîca and crîtîca teorîes to bear on medîa and new medîa în ways tat eaborate on a burgeonîng post-dîscîpînary “materîa turn” as one urter deveopment o te înguîstîc and socîa turns tat ave aready înuenced scoary work across te umanîtîes.
Books in the Series
Wrîtîng Postumanîsm, Postuman Wrîtîng, edîted by Sîdney I. Dobrîn (2015) Ready to Wear: A Retorîc of Wearable Computers and Realîty-Sîftîng Medîaby Isabe Pedersen (2013) Mîcs, Cameras, Symbolîc Actîon: Audîo-Vîsual Retorîc for Wrîtîng Teacers, by Bump Habrîtter (2013).Computers and Composîtîon Best Book Award 2014. Te Avaîlable Means of Persuasîon: Mappîng a Teory and Pedagogy of Multîmodal Publîc Retorîc, by Davîd M. Serîdan, Jîm Rîdoo, and Antony J. Mîce (2012) Avatar Emergencyby Gregory L. Umer (2012) New Medîa/New Metods: Te Academîc Turn from Lîteracy to Elec-tracy, edîted by Je Rîce and Marce O’Gorman (2008) Te Two Vîrtuals: New Medîa and Composîtîon, by Aexander Reîd (2007). Honorabe Mentîon, W. Ross Wînterowd/JACAward or Best Book în Composîtîon Teory, 2007.
WRITING POSTHUMANISM, POSTHUMAN WRITING
Edîted by Sîdney I. Dobrîn
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Wrîtîng postumanîsm, postuman wrîtîng / edîted by Sîdney I. Dobrîn.  pages cm. -- (New Medîa Teory)  Incudes bîbîograpîca reerences and îndex.  ISBN 978-1-60235-429-6 (pbk. : acîd-ree paper) -- ISBN 978-1-60235-430-2 (cot : acîd-ree paper) -- ISBN 978-1-60235-431-9 (adobe ebook) -- ISBN 978-1-60235-432-6 (epub) -- ISBN 978-1-60235-589-7 (kînde) -- ISBN 978-1-60235-590-3 (îbook)  1. Engîs anguage--Retorîc--Study and teacîng (Hîger) 2. Human body and tecnoogy. 3. Autorsîp. 4. Human beîngs--Pîosopy. 5. Postmodernîsm and educatîon. I. Dobrîn, Sîdney I., 1967- edîtor.  PE1404.W7294 2014  808’.0420711--dc23  2014030387
1 2 3 4 5 New Medîa Teory Serîes Edîtor: Byron Hawk Cover îmage: “Red Spot” © 2013 by Gregory Gau. ttp://ggau.zenoîo.com. Used by permîssîon. Cover desîgn by Jason Crîder. “Te dîîcuty wît desîgnîng a cover or a book o tîs subject îs tat postumanîsm covers suc an enormous range o ocuses. From teo-retîca dîscussîons o nature and ecoogy, to te conceptuaîzatîon o ybrîd uman tecnoogîes and dîgîta îdentîtîes, to remappîng o îteracy wît procedura retorîcs, postumanîsm îsn’t easy to put în a neat îtte box. It ranges rom te ce to te cy-borg and questîons te tradîtîona îbera umanîst îdeoogy o wat ît means to be “uman.” Tîs cover works because o îts abstract quaîty and because o îts uîdîty. Lînes, coors, sapes and dept a bur and are dîîcut to deîne, muc îke tradîtîona umanîst cassîîcatîons o reaîty. A common questîon în te postuman îmagînary îs ‘ow do I deîne x?’ and tat îs precîsey te questîon I wanted to raîse (or at te very east toy wît) wît tîs cover desîgn.”
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Contents
1 Introductîon3 Sîdney I. Dobrîn
2 Movîng Beyond te Logîc o Sacrîîce: Anîma Studîes, Trauma Studîes, and te Pat to Postumanîsm19 Lynn Worsam
3 Wrîtîng-Beîng: Anoter Look at te “Symbo-Usîng Anîma”56 Dîane Davîs
4 Zombîes / Wrîtîng: Awaîtîng Our Postumous, Monstrous (Be)Comîng79 Mîcelle Ballîf
5 Wantîng Ourseves: Wrîtîng (And) Te Postsexua Subject99 Kate Bîrdsall and Julîe Drew
6 Becomîng T@îed133 Sean Morey
7 Inscrîptîons o te Possîbe; or, A Pedagogy o Postumanîst Stye155 J. A. Rîce
8 Retînkîng Human and Non-Human Actors as a Strategy or Retorîca Deîvery174 Jîm Rîdolfo
9 Utopîan Laptop Inîtîatîves: From Tecnoogîca Deîsm to Object-Orîented Retorîc192 Byron Hawk, Crîs Lîndgren, and Andrew Mara
10 From Handwrîtîng to ‘Braîn’ Wrîtîng: Grapoogy and te Neuroscîentîîc Turn214 Melîssa M. Lîttleield
11 I Am Spam; A Postuman Approac to Wrîter’s Bock234 Kyle Jensen
12 Cyborg Vîsîon or Cyborg Wrîtîng254 Krîstîe S. Fleckenstîen
13 Evoutîonary Equaîty: Neocybernetîc Postumanîsm and Marguîs and Sagan’s Wrîtîng Practîce275 Bruce Clarke
Contrîbutors298 Index303
Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing
1 Introductîon
Sîdney I. Dobrîn rîtîng Postumanîsm, Postuman Wrîtîng’s postumanîsm îdentîîes a moment o înquîry în wîc te uman subject sucWas cybernetîcs, înormatîcs, artîîcîa înteîgence, genetîc manîpu-îs caed înto questîon vîa îts îmbrîcatîons wît tecnoogîes atîon, psycotropîc and oter parmaceutîcas, and oter bîo-tecno-ogîes, as we as specîes înteractîons (as ventures în Anîma Studîes ave begun to make evîdent).Wrîtîng Postumanîsm, Postuman Wrîtîngcon-sîders te non-uman subject, te prostetîc subject, te tecnoogîcay augmented subject, te psycîc-atered subject, and te (becomîng) anî-ma subject în reatîon to wrîtîng. Tat îs to say, te partîcuar avenue o entrance înto postumanîst înquîry îs o ess împortance în tîs project tan îs tat avenue’s projectîon upon wrîtîng and wrîtîng studîes. Utî-matey, tîs coectîon asks as to te reatîonsîp between postuman-îsms and wrîtîng toward te end o deveopîng postumanîst teorîes o wrîtîng. O course, some postumanîst teorîsts mîgt argue tat te very îdea o postumanîst wrîtîng teorîes îs a redundant concept as any wrîtîng teory îs aways aready a postumanîst teory gîven tat u-man înteractîon wît tecnoogîes îke wrîtîng are precîsey te kînds o convergences tat aow te becomîng o te postuman. Oters—îke Andy Cark în îs bookNatural-Born Cyborgs: Mînds, Tecnologîes, and te Future of Human Intellîgence—mîgt argue tat tecnoogîes îke wrîtîng are, în act, wat make us unîquey uman. In any case—or any oter case—ît îs wîtîn te teoretîca possîbîîtîes o wat te recîproc-îty between postumanîsm and wrîtîng mîgt revea tat tîs coectîon unods. Toward tîs end,Wrîtîng Postumanîsm, Postuman Wrîtîng înevî-taby runs eadong înto compîcatîons o deînîtîon and compexîty, as any teoretîca înterventîon îs bound to do. Yet, wîtîn tese com-
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