This thesis examines the interaction between technologically mediated memories and the embodied individual. More specifically, the following engages fictional representations of visually mediated posthuman memories. Posthumanist conceptualizations posit the human as necessarily technological; posthuman memories, therefore, are always both embodied and technological. A photograph, so conceived, neither erases nor opposes a multisensory embodied memory; rather, the photograph always intertwines with that original embodied memory experience. As the individual uses the photograph as a memory prosthesis, so too that same photograph works back upon the individual, altering both conceptually and affectively his or her memories of that original embodied event.
This analysis filters the above theoretical underpinnings through the prism of several films and novels. Each of these works depicts variously an individual’s interactions with either a photograph or camera. Each of these individual experiences, then, collectively understood, contributes to an understanding of visually mediated posthuman memories.
Finally, in addressing these posthuman memories, this work looks primarily at the analog format. The digital, then, though it is addressed throughout, is represented only as it stands in relation to the analog. The analog, here figured, is always already the ground of the digital. Analogously, this work aims to provide a theoretical foundation for any future consideration of posthuman memories, whatever their format or sensory modality may be.
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Comparative literature, Film studies|
|Keywords:||Memory, Phenomenology, Posthumanism, Technology|
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