Much of our collective interest in cinema revolves around the figure of the human as something affectively familiar. Through the humanist approach that defines most cinematic narratives, viewers can see these relatable figures as mirrors to themselves. This interest is further stimulated by drama, comedy, horror, and other genres that animate our understanding of on-screen characters as refractions and reflections of ourselves. And yet, in our evolving world, the notion of traditional humanism has been recently challenged by developing critical understandings of posthumanist theory, which decenters the original notions of centralized humanism, by involving medical technologies, genetic aberrations, fantastical creatures, cyborg embodiments, and other outlying factors that disrupt typical perceptions of what it means to be human. By deflating anthropocentric perspectives, posthumanism conversely provokes our conceptions of the human as nonexceptional and increasingly enmeshed with surrounding technologies and environmental and internal factors that transmute the initial human into something more...
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Book Review| March 01 2023
Review: Screening the Posthuman, by Pansy Duncan, Claire Henry, and Missy Molloy
Screening the Posthuman, by Pansy Duncan, Claire Henry, and Missy Molloy.
Oxford University Press,
2023. 320 pp./$125.00 (hb) ISBN 978-0-19-753856-2; 320 pp./$35.00 (sb) ISBN 978-0-19-753857-9.
M. Sellers Johnson
M. Sellers Johnson
M. Sellers Johnson is an independent scholar who currently serves as the Citation Ethics Editor for Film Matters and works in the Archives department at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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Afterimage (2023) 50 (1): 62–67.
M. Sellers Johnson; Review: Screening the Posthuman, by Pansy Duncan, Claire Henry, and Missy Molloy. Afterimage 1 March 2023; 50 (1): 62–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/aft.2023.50.1.62
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