The prosthetic imagination: a history of the novel as artificial life

Boxall, Peter (2020) The prosthetic imagination: a history of the novel as artificial life. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781108836487

Full text not available from this repository.


In The Prosthetic Imagination, leading critic Peter Boxall argues that we are now entering an artificial age, in which our given bodies enter into new conjunctions with our prosthetic extensions. This new age requires us to reimagine our relation to our bodies, and to our environments, and Boxall suggests that the novel as a form can guide us in this imaginative task. Across a dazzling range of prose fictions, from Thomas More's Utopia to Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, Boxall shows how the novel has played a central role in forging the bodies in which we extend ourselves into the world. But if the novel has helped to give our world a human shape, it also contains forms of life that elude our existing human architectures: new amalgams of the living and the non-living that are the hidden province of the novel imagination. These latent conjunctions, Boxall argues, are preserved in the novel form, and offer us images of embodied being that can help us orient ourselves to our new prosthetic condition.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > English
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Peter Boxall
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 12:53
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 12:35
📧 Request an update