Encountering the Human Automaton: Ethics and Alterity in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Scott Raymond Selisker
"Encountering the Human Automaton" explores how the automaton has been a central feature of literary and cultural representations of alterity across the American twentieth century, spanning depictions of U.S. imperialism, domestic race relations, Cold War ideology, and contemporary terrorism. I show how developments in psychology, industrial management, and media technologies enabled a new paradigm for imagining others as automatic, will-less, and therefore subhuman beings. My project identifies a divide, however, between propagandistic reductions of others...
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