CFP: [20th] PostHuman Joyce: Machines, Informatics, Technology (edited collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Peter Mahon
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UPDATE: PostHuman Joyce: Machines, Informatics, Technology (edited collection)

***In light of the recent difficulties with the CFP lists, the deadline for
proposals has been extended until October 15th, 2007.***

"In conception and technique I tried to depict the earth which is prehuman
and presumably posthuman." (Joyce, discussing "Penelope" in a letter to
Harriet Shaw Weaver, 8 February 1922, Letters 1:180, Selected Letters, p. 289)

Essay proposals are invited for a collection entitled Joyce: Machines,
Informatics, Technology to be published by the University of Toronto Press.
The relation between Joyce and cyberculture has garnered increasing
attention within Joyce studies, but Joyce's relation to the posthuman is
not often addressed. The posthuman is itself a varied concept: it
encompasses the three "waves" of cybernetics???the homeostatic, the
reflexive and the virtual; it includes the amalgam of the human being and
mechanical and/ or electronic devices; it also includes a thoroughgoing
critique of the ideal of disembodied information that would make the
seamless union of the human being and intelligent machine possible. The
essays in this volume will explore all facets of the posthuman in its
relation to Joyce and Joyce studies. The contributions to the collection
would ideally keep the following questions in view: how has the posthuman
influenced the formation of Joyce studies? How has Joyce studies affected
the study of the posthuman? What do stereotypes of the posthuman and
Joyce's work reveal about the ways in which the posthuman works in Joyce
studies? Might the treatment/ critique of the posthuman in Joyce be said to
change from one text to another, or does something remain constant within
the Joyce oeuvre?

In other words, this collection will attempt to map the landscape of the
posthuman in Joyce's texts and Joyce studies.

Theoretical, speculative and cross-disciplinary work is particularly
welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

- critical and theoretical perspectives on Joyce and artificial intelligence;
- critical evaluation of the role/ use of the posthuman in the history of
Joyce studies;
- critical evaluation of the role/ use of Joyce in the history of posthuman
- cyberJoyce
- information patterns in Joyce's work;
- posthuman Joyce and the Irish state;
- posthuman Joyce and colonialism;
- posthuman Joyce and post-colonialism;
- posthuman Joyce and language;
- posthuman Joyce and place;
- posthuman Joyce and history;
- posthuman Joyce and memory;
- the relationship between posthuman and the history of Joyce studies;
- sites of the Joycean posthuman: literary, historical, memorial,
topographical, etc.
- Joyce's work as a medium for the conception of the posthuman;
- analysis of Joyce's relation to his contemporaries in the formulation of
the posthuman;
- Joycean critiques of the posthuman;
- the posthuman in Joyce's sources
- critical evaluation of the relationship between Joyce's compositional
techniques and the principles of posthumanism;

Deadline for proposals (300 words max): *NEW DATE* Oct 15th, 2007.
Enquiries and submissions to:

Dr Peter Mahon,
Department of English,
University of British Columbia,
397 - 1873 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
email: peter.mahon[at]

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