• “The Indigestibility of the World; or, Birthing the Posthuman in Spielberg’s A.I.”

    Author(s):
    Todd Comer (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Subject(s):
    Film and society, Horror films, Postmodernism
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    20th century film, posthumanism, Spielberg
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6RH51
    Abstract:
    This essay uses Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to argue that something has changed: “Posthumanity” has appeared because our rational assimilation of the world has paused. To be Human is to lack, to always drive forward while repressing the past, the artifice of our birth, as we mold the world in our image. However, in a strange way, with cloning and other technologies, this digestion is interrupted; “we” humans have succeeded too well in our masterful creation of an absolute representation of humanity, and have lost our impetus. This mastery, secondly, leads us to experience birth in a new way. No longer can we easily digest birth (and its others) and move on. No, birth now surrounds us like an immense, sublime ocean, undermining us as desiring subjects.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
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