The Neoliberal conditions for posthuman exceptionalism

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dc.contributor.author Steuart, Lori
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-13T15:35:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-13T15:35:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-07-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4055
dc.description.abstract This thesis seeks to show that contemporary speculative fiction films both present and act as agents for an understanding of the human as increasingly economically rational. This conception of the human focuses on humanist values that project a vision of human exceptionalism into the future. Expanding on Michel Foucault’s definition of neoliberalism, this thesis follows its connection to biotechnology and the transhuman subject created through biotechnological intervention, arguing that the films Limitless (2011), Avatar (2009), and District 9 (2009) depict a vision of the human as something that can be calculated and therefore optimized, moving toward the transhuman goal of perfectibility. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject neoliberalism en_US
dc.subject technology en_US
dc.subject posthumanism en_US
dc.subject critical theory en_US
dc.subject science fiction en_US
dc.subject film en_US
dc.title The Neoliberal conditions for posthuman exceptionalism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Ross, Stephen
dc.degree.department Dept. of English en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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