By Neil Badmington

ISBN-10: 0415310229

ISBN-13: 9780415310222

ISBN-10: 0415310237

ISBN-13: 9780415310239

Alien Chic offers a cultural historical past of the alien because the Nineteen Fifties, asking ourselves why our attitudes to extraterrestrial beings have shifted from worry to affection, and what this may let us know approximately how we now see ourselves and others.

Neil Badmington explores our dating with extraterrestrial beings, inscribed in movies equivalent to The struggle of the Worlds, Mars Attacks!, Mission to Mars and Independence Day; and the way thinkers equivalent to Descartes, Barthes, Freud, Lyotard and Derrida have conceptualised what it skill to be human (and post-human).

Alien Chic examines the the idea that of posthumanism in an age whilst the traces among what's human and what's non-human are more and more blurred by way of advances in technological know-how and expertise, for instance genetic cloning and engineering, and the improvement of AI and cyborgs.

Questioning no matter if our present embracing of all issues 'alien' - within the kind of extraterrestrial contraptions or abduction narratives, for example - stems from a wish to reaffirm ourselves as 'human', this is often an unique and thought-provoking contribution to the examine of posthumanism.

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