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Capsules and nodes & ruptures and flows: circulating subjectivity in Neal Stephensons's Snow Crash
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
2010 (English)In: Science-fiction studies, ISSN 0091-7729, Vol. 37, no 1, 54-80 p.Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
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This article considers persistent tensions between encapsulation and penetration in the network systems of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash (1993) that contribute to a networked sense of self, especially in relation to the role of the hacker, who has literal access to the human mind in the novel. The network structures depicted in Snow Crash offer a compelling way to think of subjectivity in circulation: neither completely tied to the Cartesian model (which describes identity as an indivisible soul or mind encapsulated within a physical body) nor to an excessively open model that treats subjectivity as a mass of societal affiliations with no roots or grounding. A subject in circulation is instead a complex, distributed network of embodied systems who exists in a state of perpetual flux of encapsulations, enclosures, ruptures, and flows.

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2010. Vol. 37, no 1, 54-80 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-39771OAI: diva2:395702
Available from: 2011-02-07 Created: 2011-02-07 Last updated: 2012-01-14Bibliographically approved

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