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Universes without Us Posthuman Cosmologies in American Literature by Matthew A. Taylor

Universes without Us Posthuman Cosmologies in American Literature


Universes without Us Posthuman Cosmologies in American Literature by Matthew A. Taylor

As Matthew A. Taylor's incisive readings reveal, the heterodox cosmologies of Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Adams, Charles Chesnutt, and Zora Neale Hurston reject the anthropocentric fantasy that sees the universe as a kind of reservoir of self-realization. Taylor shows how posthumanist theory can illuminate American literary texts and how those texts might, in turn, prompt a reassessment of posthumanist theory.

About the Author

Matthew A. Taylor is assistant professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Publication date

1st December 2013


Matthew A. Taylor

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University of Minnesota Press


264 pages


Literary studies: general
Literary theory



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