Ghosts, the Incalculable, and the Suspension of Animation

By Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

Subjects: Postmodernism, Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, Philosophy Of Science
Series: SUNY series in Postmodern Culture
Paperback : 9780791463048, 232 pages, December 2004
Hardcover : 9780791463031, 232 pages, December 2004

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Table of contents



I. Laying Down the Power Grid

1. Call Forwarding

2. On-(the)-Line

3. The Platonic Teleport

II. Ghosts in the Machines

4. The Elixir of Life

5. The Immortality Machine of Capitalism

6. Bartleby the Incalculable

III. The Suspension of Animation

7. The Drone of Technocapitalism

8. The Psychotelemetry of Surveillance

9. Temps: Time, Work, and the Delay

Conclusion: Heeding the Phantomenological


Works Cited


Uses literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis to explore the emerging logic of the posthuman.


Adding to the growing field of posthuman or cyborg studies, TechnoLogics explores how our position in the technologized world reorders, in the most radical ways imaginable, our basic experience of the lines governing literary, philosophical, and cultural production. The ancient dream of immortality is now becoming realized through cloning, genetic research, and artificial intelligence, bringing with it the need for new forms of both reading and living in the everyday world. In this emerging cyborg culture, what is to come for us is not predictable but, instead, an open possibility to be shaped by the work of, among others, artists, computer designers, scientists, and writers. Through encounters with Plato, Melville, Marx, Jünger, Heidegger, Freud, Derrida, Baudrillard, and others, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren identifies the causes, characteristics, and links between the most primordial of wishes—immortality—and the highest of high tech, and asks how, in our culture of technocapitalism, we can continue to listen to the faint call of ethics.

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren is a Fellow at the Whidbey Institute for Earth, Spirit, and the Human Future. He is the author of Narcissus Transformed: The Textual Subject in Psychoanalysis and Literature.