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The Freudian Robot : Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious / Lydia H. Liu.

Author/Creator:
Liu, Lydia H., author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2011]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (320 p.) : 26 halftones, 7 tables
Subjects:
Computer science.
Conscious automata -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Cybernetics -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Robotics -- Human factors.
Robotics -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Science.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
The identity and role of writing has evolved in the age of digital media. But how did writing itself make digital media possible in the first place? Lydia H. Liu offers here the first rigorous study of the political history of digital writing and its fateful entanglement with the Freudian unconscious. Liu's innovative analysis brings the work of theorists and writers back into conversation with one another to document significant meetings of minds and disciplines. She shows how the earlier avant-garde literary experiments with alphabetical writing and the word-association games of psychoanalysis contributed to the mathematical making of digital media. Such intellectual convergence, she argues, completed the transformation of alphabetical writing into the postphonetic, ideographic system of digital media, which not only altered the threshold of sense and nonsense in communication processes but also compelled a new understanding of human-machine interplay at the level of the unconscious. Ranging across information theory, cybernetics, modernism, literary theory, neurotic machines, and psychoanalysis, The Freudian Robot rewrites the history of digital media and the literary theory of the twentieth century.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
FIGURES AND TABLES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION. The Psychic Life of Digital Media
1. Where Is the Writing of Digital Media?
2. The Invention of Printed English
3. Sense and Nonsense in the Psychic Machine
4. The Cybernetic Unconscious
5. The Freudian Robot
6. The Future of the Unconscious
WORKS CITED
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780226486840
OCLC:
1058070664
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226486840 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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