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Posthumanities #1: The Parasiteby Michel Serres
Synopses & Reviews
Influential philosopher Michel Serres’s foundational work uses fable to explore how human relations are identical to that of the parasite to the host body. Among Serres’s arguments is that by being pests, minor groups can become major players in public dialogue—creating diversity and complexity vital to human life and thought.
Michel Serres is professor in history of science at the Sorbonne, professor of Romance languages at Stanford University, and author of several books, including Genesis.
Lawrence R. Schehr is professor of French at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. His books include Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (Minnesota, 2003).
Book News Annotation:
Using all three meanings of the word in French: a biological parasite, a social parasite, and static or noise, Serres (history of science, the Sorbonne) takes the parasite as a model of human interactions in the realms of logic, technology, work, the economy, and society. He does not provide an index. Le Parasite was published by Grasset and Fasquelle in 1980. Schehr's (French, U. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign) translation was first published in 1982 by Johns Hopkins University Press. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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