Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung (Jun 2020)

Der optimierte Mensch: Versuch einer posthumanen Taxonomie in Theresa Hannigs Romanen

  • Lars Schmeink

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 7, no. 2


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The article analyzes Theresa Hannig’s novels, The Optimizers and The Imperfect, as a creative intervention into discourses of the posthuman. Hannig’s work exposes the different arguments regarding the development of sentient robots and artificial intelligences and negotiates posthuman positions of subjectivity, consciousness transfer, and the rights of personhood for artificial beings. The article presents the evolving concepts of an artificially created posthumanity in the novels and reveals Hannig’s perspective on how to deal with a becoming-machine. Publisher's note: This article was originally published as part of issue 8.1. This has been updated to note that this article is part of issue 7.2.