Critical Inquiry: The Modernist Corpse

By Vinh Cam
Critical Inquiry

The Modernist Corpse (Erin E. Edwards)Erin E. Edwards’s The Modernist Corpse: Posthumanism and the Posthumousis the latest attempt to revive death in the academy.[1] Like many scholars in this tradition, Edwards draws on vitalist philosophers—namely Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari—to reimagine the corpse as a site of “teeming presence” capable of yielding new configurations of life (quoted on p. 13). Combining new materialism with insights from feminism, queer theory, and media theory, The Modernist Corpse attempts not only to reanimate the corpse in modernism but to reimagine experimental modernism itself by rereading and reassembling its corpus.

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