By Neil Badmington
Alien Chic presents a cultural historical past of the alien because the Nineteen Fifties, asking ourselves why our attitudes to extraterrestrial beings have shifted from worry to affection, and what this may let us know approximately how we now see ourselves and others.
Neil Badmington explores our courting with extraterrestrial beings, inscribed in motion pictures corresponding to The warfare of the Worlds, Mars Attacks!, Mission to Mars and Independence Day; and the way thinkers akin to Descartes, Barthes, Freud, Lyotard and Derrida have conceptualised what it skill to be human (and post-human).
Alien Chic examines the the idea that of posthumanism in an age whilst the traces among what's human and what's non-human are more and more blurred by way of advances in technology and expertise, for instance genetic cloning and engineering, and the improvement of AI and cyborgs.
Questioning no matter if our present embracing of all issues 'alien' - within the type of extraterrestrial contraptions or abduction narratives, for example - stems from a wish to reaffirm ourselves as 'human', this can be an unique and thought-provoking contribution to the research of posthumanism.
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Alien Chic: Posthumanism and the Other Within by Neil Badmington