By Neil Badmington
Alien Chic offers a cultural heritage 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 resembling The battle of the Worlds, Mars Attacks!, Mission to Mars and Independence Day; and the way thinkers comparable to Descartes, Barthes, Freud, Lyotard and Derrida have conceptualised what it capacity to be human (and post-human).
Alien Chic examines the the concept that of posthumanism in an age while the strains among what's human and what's non-human are more and more blurred through advances in technological know-how and know-how, for instance genetic cloning and engineering, and the advance of AI and cyborgs.
Questioning even if our present embracing of all issues 'alien' - within the type of extraterrestrial devices or abduction narratives, for example - stems from a wish to reaffirm ourselves as 'human', this is often an unique and thought-provoking contribution to the examine of posthumanism.
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