Envisioning the Human Self: (Re-) Constructions of the Human Body


Envisioning the Human Self: (Re-) Constructions of the Human Body


Edited by Judith Rahn

Format: Print (paperback)

Year: 2016

The human body as the foundation of all corporal experience is subject to re-considerations of the question of what ultimately constitutes humanity. Technology provides the resources to enhance the human form into cyborg beings or altogether eliminate corporality in cyberspace.

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The human body has been questioned, re-imagined and deconstructed many times throughout human history and always proven to be a thought-provoking canvas for the debate about the nature of our human reality. One may distinguish three approaches to the representations of the envisioned body: the human body, the artificial body and the cyber body. While the first acts as a frame of reference for alternative representations of the body, the artificially constructed (cyborg) body is the extrapolation of the human body in the attempt to refine, reconstruct and enhance the human form. It is, however, still inextricably linked to the physicality of corporal experience; while the cyber body is the continuation of an artificial bodily construct in cyberspace. Within the abstract and disembodied realm of the internet, the construction of a disembodied physical identity based on the idea of human physicality; the underlying norm for the construction of artificial corporal identity.

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Judith Rahn, is currently working at the English Department at the University of Bonn. Having studied English Literature, German Literature and Modern History at the University of Bonn and the University of Oxford, her research interests include the human body, modern concepts of identity, monstrosity and artificial intelligence.