Item #11581 The Prosthetic Imagination: A History of the Novel as Artificial Life. Peter Boxall.

The Prosthetic Imagination: A History of the Novel as Artificial Life

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". xi, 411pp. Very mild creasing and shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Bound in black paper over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Gentle bumps to head and tail of spine. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.

In The Prosthetic Imagination, leading critic Peter Boxall argues that we are now entering an artificial age, in which our given bodies enter into new conjunctions with our prosthetic extensions. This new age requires us to reimagine our relation to our bodies, and to our environments, and Boxall suggests that the novel as a form can guide us in this imaginative task. Across a dazzling range of prose fictions, from Thomas More's Utopia to Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, Boxall shows how the novel has played a central role in forging the bodies in which we extend ourselves into the world. But if the novel has helped to give our world a human shape, it also contains forms of life that elude our existing human architectures: new amalgams of the living and the non-living that are the hidden province of the novel imagination. These latent conjunctions, Boxall argues, are preserved in the novel form, and offer us images of embodied being that can help us orient ourselves to our new prosthetic condition.(Publisher). Very good / very good. Item #11581
ISBN: 9781108836487

Price: $25.00