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.


The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/reconfiguring-human-nonhuman-posthuman-literature-culture-sanna-karkulehto-aino-kaisa-koistinen-essi-varis/e/10.4324/9780429243042, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. 

chapter |19 pages

Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman

Striving for More Ethical Cohabitation
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part 1|55 pages

Toward Posthumanist Literature and Posthumanist Reading

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chapter 2|16 pages

Posthumanist Reading

Witnessing Ghosts, Summoning Nonhuman Powers
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chapter 3|19 pages


Thinking with Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects
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part 2|66 pages

Imagining Aliens and Monsters

chapter 4|29 pages

Alien Overtures

Speculating about Nonhuman Experiences with Comic Book Characters
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chapter 5|17 pages

Playing the Nonhuman

Alien Experiences in Aliens vs. Predator
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chapter 6|18 pages

Wild Things Squeezed in the Closet

Monsters of Children’s Literature as Nonhuman Others
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part 3|58 pages

Becoming with Animals

chapter 7|18 pages

Dead Dog Talking

Posthumous, Preposthumous, and Preposterous Canine Narration in Charles Siebert’s Angus
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chapter 8|19 pages

Carnivorous Anatomies

Art and Being Beasts
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chapter 9|19 pages

Reconfiguring Human and Nonhuman Animals in a Guiding Assemblage

Toward Posthumanist Conception of Disability
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part 4|59 pages

Technological (Co-)Agencies

chapter 10|15 pages

Meeting the Machine Halfway

Toward Non-Anthropocentric Semiotics
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chapter 11|18 pages

Journeys in Intensity

Human and Nonhuman Co-Agency, Neuropower, and Counterplay in Minecraft
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chapter 12|24 pages

Cyborganic Wearables

Sociotechnical Misbehavior and the Evolution of Nonhuman Agency
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part 5|19 pages


chapter 13|17 pages

Unnarratable Matter

Emergence, Narrative, and Material Ecocriticism
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