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Posthumanism in Young Adult FictionFinding Humanity in a Posthuman World$
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Anita Tarr and Donna R. White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816696

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.001.0001

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Negotiating the Human in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Negotiating the Human in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

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(p.199) 10 Negotiating the Human in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus
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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction
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Torsten Caeners

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.003.0010

Using psychoanalytic theories, Torsten Caeners places the film Prometheus squarely in the canon of YA literature. The characters Elizabeth and the android David are “ciphers for young adult concerns of coming of age.” The crew of the spaceship Prometheus discovers the Engineers, superhuman aliens who created humans. Elizabeth, obsessed with origins, believes they have found the source of humanity, but because of her refusal to let go of her belief paradigms (represented by her father, God, science, and finally the Engineers) she remains in stasis and even moves backward from transitioning in her development. David, though, is the true adolescent, in-between human and nonhuman, moving on and changing, experiencing transformations—the hallmark of posthumanism—serially. Caeners argues that posthumanism is adolescence, as both are liminal conditions, fluid, boundary-less, marked by the angst of transformation and new possibilities.

Keywords:   Adolescent posthumanism, Psychoanalytic theories, Androids, Ridley Scott, Aliens

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