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The New Human in Literature : Posthuman Visions of Changes in Body, Mind and Society after 1900.

Author: Mads Rosendahl Thomsen
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Twentieth-century literature changed understandings of what it meant to be human. Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, in this historical overview, presents a record of literature's changing ideas of mankind, questioning the degree to which literature records and creates visions of the new human. Grounded in the theory of Niklas Luhmann and drawing on canonical works, Thomsen uses literary changes in the mind, body and society  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Thomsen, Mads Rosendahl.
New Human in Literature : Posthuman Visions of Changes in Body, Mind and Society after 1900.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mads Rosendahl Thomsen
ISBN: 9781472531254 1472531256
OCLC Number: 857365300
Notes: ConclusionNotes; Bibliography; Index.
Description: 1 online resource (267 pages)
Contents: FC; Half title; Also available from Bloomsbury; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part 1 The Triune Human; 1 A Systemic View of the Human; 2 An Emerging Cultural History of the Twentieth Century; 3 History, Technique, Imagination; 4 The New Human and the Medium of Literature; Part 2 Self-modernization; 5 Virginia Woolf; 6 William Carlos Williams; 7 Louis-Ferdinand Céline; Part 3 The Grand Projects; 8 Chinua Achebe; 9 Mo Yan; 10 Orhan Pamuk; Part 4 The Final Frontier; 11 Literature as Lab; 12 Don DeLillo; 13 Michel Houellebecq.

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Twentieth-century literature changed understandings of what it meant to be human. Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, in this historical overview, presents a record of literature's changing ideas of mankind, questioning the degree to which literature records and creates visions of the new human. Grounded in the theory of Niklas Luhmann and drawing on canonical works, Thomsen uses literary changes in the mind, body and society to define the new human. He begins with the modernist minds of Virginia Woolf, Williams Carlos Williams and Louis-Ferdinand Celine's, discusses the society-changing concepts envision.

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Both a meditation on the status of literature and on that of the human, this book has the tact to treat these two concerns as parallel, but related - not identical. The result is a salutary reminder Read more...

 
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