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Posthumanism: Through the Postcolonial Lens

  • Md. Monirul Islam
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Abstract

As a consequence of the rapid growth of technological innovations, the world has seen the emergence of discursive fields such as transhumanism and/or posthumanism. The origin of these discursive practices can be traced back to the Renaissance humanism and the Enlightenment project envisioning a teleological progress of human civilisation, though it is customary to regard these developments as a point of separation from the Enlightenment or Renaissance humanism, particularly due to the inclusion of the nonhuman animals and the extra-human futuristic technological beings. However, its basic objective remains to be the realisation of the human potential through the extension of the field of science and technology. As it happens to be the case with many other postmodern discourses, the discourse of posthumanism seems to be a corollary of neo-colonialism. Once colonised, now third-world subaltern subject becomes the strategic object of the discourse, since the posthuman man will require its ‘other’ and the otherness will be realised in the pre-posthuman subaltern agency. The subaltern subject with its lack of accessibility to the newest innovations and because of its inability to participate in the discursive practices is fated to become the ‘techno-slaves’ in the hands of the ‘techno-masters’. The objective of this paper will be an exploration of the hidden colonial agenda in the discourses of posthumanism. Attempt will be made at an explication of the available instances of the process of working of the posthumanist colonial practices.

Keywords

Nonhuman Animal Discursive Practice Free Trade Zone Advanced Capitalism Postcolonial Theorist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishAsannagar Madan Mohan Tarkalankar CollegeNadiaIndia
  2. 2.Department of EnglishUniversity of KalyaniNadiaIndia

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