Experimental Technics in American Fiction
Laura Shackelford is Associate Professor of English at Rochester Institute of Technology.
“More than a series of close readings in the posthumanist imagination, this will be one of the first books to consistently bring out the relevance of social systems theory and cognitive contexts for an understanding not of 'fictions' only, but of fictionality in the contemporary lifeworld and mediaverse. The promise of the book is not just to apply certain critical 'approaches' to certain works (although the readings of digital hypertext show just how appropriate systems and cognitive frameworks can be, for emerging literatures in new media). Rather, the author has helped to relocate the literary as such, through a systems theoretical and material feminist perspective that goes beyond 'diversity' and beyond the competition among media thought to be distinct, towards a principled reciprocity (between the literary system and the vast non-literary environment; and also among bodies and subjectivities). Shackelford's Tactics of the Human participates in what are potentially transformative interventions in the field of contemporary literary studies.”
—Joseph Tabbi, University of Illinois, Chicago