The time has come for human cultures to seriously think, to severely conceptualize, and to earnestly fabulate about all the nonhuman critters we share our world with, and to consider how to strive for more ethical cohabitation. Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture tackles this severe matter within the framework of literary and cultural studies. The emphasis of the inquiry is on the various ways actual and fictional nonhumans are reconfigured in contemporary culture – although, as long as the domain of nonhumanity is carved in the negative space of humanity, addressing these issues will inevitably clamor for the reconfiguration of the human as well.
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Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman, and Posthuman: Striving for More Ethical Cohabitation
Sanna Karkulehto, Aino-Kaisi Koistinen, Karoliina Lummaa, and Essi Varis
Part 1. Towards Posthumanist Literature and Posthumanist Reading
1 On the Possibility of a Posthuman/ist Literature(s)
2 Posthumanist Reading: Witnessing Ghosts, Summoning Nonhuman Powers
3 Becoming-instrument: Thinking with Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and Timothy Morton's Hyperobjects
Part 2. Imagining Aliens and Monsters
4 Alien Overtures: Speculating about Nonhuman Experiences with Comic Book Characters
5 Playing the Nonhuman: Alien Experiences in Aliens vs. Predator
6 Wild Things Squeezed in the Closet: Monsters of Children’s Literature as Nonhuman Others
Marleena Mustola and Sanna Karkulehto
Part 3. Becoming with Animals
7 Dead Dog Talking: Posthumous, Preposthumous, and Preposterous Canine Narration in Charles Siebert’s Angus
8 Carnivorous Anatomies: Art and Being Beasts
9 Reconfiguring Human and Nonhuman Animals in a Guiding Assemblage: Towards Posthumanist Conception of Disability
Part 4. Technological (Co-)Agencies
10 Meeting the Machine Halfway: Towards Non-Anthropocentric Semiotics
Cléo Collomb and Samuel Goyet
11 Journeys in Intensity: Human and Nonhuman Co-Agency, Neuropower, and Counterplay in Minecraft
12 Cyborganic Wearables: Sociotechnical Misbehavior and the Evolution of Nonhuman Agency
Patricia Flanagan and Raune Frankjær
Part 5. Afterword: Unnarratable Matter?
13 Unnarratable Matter: Emergence, Narrative, and Material Ecocriticism
Sanna Karkulehto is Professor of Literature at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has published books, articles and book chapters on the critical study of representation, the politics of discourse, and the politics of difference. Her latest co-edited anthology offers theorization on the ethics and politics of reading when studying representations of gender and violence.
Aino-Kaisa Koistinen (PhD, contemporary culture studies) currently works as postdoctoral researcher in contemporary culture studies at the University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests include feminist theory, posthumanism, crime fiction and speculative fiction, transmediality, and monster studies.
Essi Varis is a graduate student in Comparative Literature and Comics at the University of Jyväskylä. She defended her doctoral compilation dissertation Graphic Human Experiments: Frankensteinian Cognitive Logics of Characters in Vertigo Comics and Beyond in April of 2019.