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Wędrówka „ręka w łapę”. Intymistyczny wymiar dyskursu posthumanizmu
A Journey „Hand in Paw”. The Intimist Aspect of the Posthuman Discourse

Author(s): Artur Rejter
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Western Slavic Languages
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article concerns the posthuman discourse in its intimist aspect. The conducted analysis has shown that the posthuman discourse in its private incarnation can be characterized chiefly by those characteristics and processes which confirm and implement the posthumanist postulates. The experiences of people living alongside animals contribute to the creation of an interspecies community, help build empathy and mutual understanding. Those aspects are then actualized in the fact of bestowing human qualities on animals and vice versa – the perception of non‑human entities through the lens of their emotions, personal characteristics and the willingness and ability to communicate. It should be noted, however, that the aim of these actions is not to simply and crudely anthropomorphize animals, which would once again betray the anthropocentric nature of the world, but rather to grant equal status to all creatures existing in nature. In the case of the posthumanist discourse in its intimist aspect, it is possible to observe an interdiscursive relationship which is based on simultaneous interference and domination of one of them. It should be noted that the discourse of privacy (distinguished on the basis of a subjective criterion), on the one hand remains dominant, inscribed indirectly and almost incidentally into the ideologically‑motivated posthumanist discourse, but on the other hand, it complements and co‑constitutes it at the same time.

  • Page Range: 81-93
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish