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Posthuman Rhetorics Required Texts

Texts to Purchase

Online course documents and readings posted on Blackboard. You are responsible for downloading and reading each text before the class session it is due, and bring a copy for discussion (printed or electronic).

Badmington, Neil. “Theorizing Posthumanism.” Cultural Critique 53.1 (2003): 10-27. JSTOR. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Baudrillard, Jean. “The Ecstasy of Communication.” The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture. New York: New Press, 2002: 126-134.

Bogost, Ian. Persuasive Games: the expressive power of videogames. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007: 15-28

Boyle, Casey. “Rhetorical Ecologies of Posthuman Practice.” Rhetoric as a Posthuman Practice. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2018. 27-59

Braidotti, Rosi. “Post-Anthroprocentrism: Life beyond the species.” The Posthuman. Oxford: Polity, 2013. 55-104

Butler, Judith. “Bodies that Matter.” Bodies that Matter. New York: Routledge, 1993. 3-27

Chiang, Ted. “Story of Your Life.” Stories of Your Life and Others. Vintage, reissue edition 2016. 91-146

Davies, Sally. “Encounters with the Posthuman.” Nautilus. April 29, 2013.

Deleuze, Gilles, and Felix Guattari. “Introduction Rhizome” A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Trans. by Brian Massumi. Minneapolis, MN: Univesity of Minnesota Press, 1987. 3-25

Derrida, Jacques. “The Ends of Man.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 30:1 (Sept. 1969). 31-57

—–. “Violence Against Animals.”

Descartes, Rene. Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy. 4th Edition. Trans. by Donald A. Cress. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co, 1998. 1-44

Edbauer, Jenny. “Unframing Models of Public Distribution: From Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 35:4 (Fall 2005), 5-24.

Foucault, Michel. “The Birth of the Asylum.” The Foucault Reader. Ed. Paul Rabinow. New York: Pantheon Books, 1985.  141-167

—–. “What is Enlightenment?” The Foucault Reader. Ed. Paul Rabinow. New York: Pantheon Books, 1985.  32-50

Graham, Elaine L. “Gods and monsters.” Representations of the post/human: Monsters, aliens and others in popular culture. Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002. 221-235

Hallenbeck, Sarah. “Toward a Posthuman Perspective: Feminist Rhetorical Methodologies and Everyday Practices.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric. 15:1, 2012. 9-27. Downloaded from

Harraway, Donna. “The Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.” Simians, Cyborgs, and Women. New York: Routledge, 1991. 149-181

Hayles, N. Katherine. “Prologue” and “Toward Embodied Virtuality.” How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, 1999. xi-24

Heidegger, Martin. “Building Dwelling Thinking.” Basic Writings. Ed. David Farrell Krell. San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco, 1993. 343-364

—–. “The Question Concerning Technology.” The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays. Trans. William Lovitt. New York: Garland Publishing Inc, 1977. 3-35

—–. “The Way to Language.” Basic Writings. Ed. David Farrell Krell. San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco, 1993. 393-426

Hughes, James. “Being Happier.” Citizen Cyborg: why democratic societies must respond to the redesigned human of the future. Cambridge, MA: Westview Press, 2004. 43-52

Pepperell, Robert. The Posthuman Condition: Consciousness beyond the Brain. Bristol: Intellect, 2009.

Rickert, Thomas. Ambient Rhetoric: the Attunements of Rhetorical Being. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013.

de Spinoza, Benedict. A Spinoza Reader: The Ethics and Other Works. Ed. and Trans. by Edwin Curley. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994.

Tanahashi, Kazuaki, and Peter Levitt, Eds. The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc, 2013.

Wolfe, Cary. “Animal Studies, Disability Studies, and Who Comes after the Subject.” What is posthumanism? Minneapolis, MN: University of Minn. Press, 2010. 127-142

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