CTHEORY BOOKS : ARTICLE LISTINGS

Code Drift: Essays in Critical Digital Studies
LEFT BEHIND:Flight from the Flesh
BORN AGAIN IDEOLOGY: Religion, Technology and Terrorism
Digital Delirium
Seduction
Hacking the Future
Data Trash
Spasm
The Possessed Individual
The Last Sex
Body Invaders
The Hysterical Male
Ideology and Power
Panic Encyclopedia
The Postmodern Scene
Life After Postmodernism
Technology and the Canadian Mind
C.B. Macpherson
Culture Critique
Northrop Frye

The Possessed Individual
Technology and the French Postmodern

Arthur Kroker

The Possessed Individual rubs North America against contemporary French thought. What results is a dramatic reinterpretation of French theory as a prophetic analysis of the speed-life of the twenty-first century, and a critical rethinking of the politics and culture of the technological dynamo. This book is a hinge between the mirror of seduction that is culture today and the philosophical ruptures of French thought, from Sartre and Camus to Baudrillard and Virilio. And why the fascination with French thought? Because this discourse is a theoretical foreground to the political background of America: fractal thinkers in whose central images one finds the key power configurations of the American hologram. Read the French, therefore, to learn a language for thinking anew the empire of technology.

Contents:

Virtual Reality is what the Possessed Individual is Possessed By
1. Possessed Individualism: Technology and the French Postmodern
2. Paul Virilio: The Postmodern Body as a War Machine
3. "Why Should We Talk When We Communicate So Well?" Baudrillard's Enchanted Simulation
4. The Despotic Sign: Barthes' Rhetoric of Technology
5. Becoming Virtual (Technology): The Confessions of Deleuze and Guattari
6. Libidinal Technology: Lyotard in the New World
7. Cynical Aesthetics: The Games of Foucault
8. Terminal Culture


[cover] The Possessed Individual: Technology and the French Postmodern
by Arthur Kroker
1992, New World Perspectives, CultureTexts Series
Montreal: New World Perspectives, ISBN
Published simultaneously in the USA by St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-31207-130-2

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