A 2020 Computer-Generated Text as a Posthuman Mode of Literature Production

Critical Writing
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A central idea of posthumanism in a technological society is the actual transition of the human towards a post-human entity, the cyborg. This entanglement between humanity and technology can not only be found in – actual and fictional – cyborgs, but also in computer-generated textproduction. Through the close collaboration between human creativity and artificial intelligence, algorithmically facilitated writing is emerging as anart form that is proving promising for literary analysis in a posthuman context. This article will examine computer-generated fiction as a new,posthuman mode of text production and use poststructuralist and related theory – mainly Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Susan Sontag – toexplore the implications that such forms hold for the roles of authors, readers, and that of literary critics and scholars.

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Jill Walker Rettberg