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Title: Culture-al subjectivities: the constitution of the self in Iain M. Banks's Culture texts
Author: Roberts, Jude
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2013
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My thesis explores the vulnerability of the subject in lain M. Banks's Culture texts. The Culture is a technologically advanced, post-scarcity, space-faring society run by far-in-excess of human intelligence Als, known as Minds, and inhabited by beings of all kinds, human, alien, artificial intelligences of many and various types and entities which defy simplistic classification. In this project my primary interest is in the ways in which Banks's Culture texts explore the constitution of the self in light of, and at times in excess of, current critical and cultural theories of subjectivity. In particular my thesis engages with the work of Judith Butler and Donna Haraway. My project is about what it is to be a subject: I am interested in how subjectivity is constituted, who qualifies as a subject and who does not and on what grounds. Throughout this thesis Butler's work in particular forms a framework for my discussion. Her work is well suited to an exploration of Banks's Culture texts as, as I will argue, both Banks and Butler conceptualise the subject as fundamentally and foundationally vulnerable. While neither writer draws directly on the work of the other or is, as far as I know, even aware of the work of the other - there is an intellectual affinity between the two that I will explore in this thesis. In combining these two writers' engagements with subjectivity I hope to add both to debates relating to the constitution of the subject and to debates pertaining to the ways in which literary texts can extend and enhance critical theory.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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