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New Romantic Cyborgs: Romanticism, Information Technology, and the End of the Machine

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2017.09.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Coeckelbergh, New Romantic Cyborgs: Romanticism, Information Technology, and the End of the Machine, MIT Press, 2017, 320 pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262035460 Reviewed by Andrew Pickering, University of Exeter The title of Mark Coeckelbergh's book is somewhat deceptive. I approached it from an interest in cyborgs and information technology, but I learned little new about them. Instead, I learned more than I wanted about romanticism. Part I of the book, a third of the text, is about the history of romanticism in the 18th and 19th centuries, running from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement, and then into the 20th century with Max Weber, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin and Leo Marx, and even a surprising nod to Rachel Carson, the scientist who analysed the risks of chemical agriculture in her 1962 book, Silent Spring (91). Before I picked up New Romantic. . .

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