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Hageman, Andrew
April 13th, 2007 under Grad Students, Uncategorized

Graduate Student, English Dept., UC Davis

Andrew HagemanAndrew Hageman is a doctoral student in the English Department at the University of California, Davis, pursuing his degree with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory, and he is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). His current research focuses on re-envisioning ecocriticism in a posthumanities context by analyzing the intersections of ecology, technology, and ideology in literature and cinema. Of particular interest are Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, cyberpunk and cybernetic fiction, Bruce Sterling and his “dot-green future,” and the films of David Lynch; and ever on the periphery, Chinese film & culture with an affinity for contemporary Shanghai. Recent conference presentations include “Floating Consciousness: Lou Ye’s Suzhou River as Posthumanist Tributary of Mainland Chinese Cinema” at the ACSS Conference in Shanghai 2005 (forthcoming in a volume on Chinese Eco-Cinema) and “Herzog and Treadwell Lost in the Grizzly Gaze: Grizzly Man and Eco-Cinema” at the 2006 Film & History Conference in Dallas.

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To explain this more precisely, just as Bloom acknowledges in Omens of Millennium that the very prescience of the Gnostic texts would not have allowed them to disappear entirely (and for their persistence, it must be noted, he is joyful), the prescience of Frankenstein similarly renders it a dangerous text to be used and/or abused. Frankenstein’s prescience resides in Mary Shelley’s brilliant dialectic of reality-based faith and scientific dreams. Simultaneously, this dialectic demands attention and theorization and it denies the possibility of polemical resolution. Thus, Shelley astonishingly narrates a meta-prognostication on the formula of science fiction as the imaginative production which can lead to reproductions inside and outside of texts even as she is installing the spark of life into the first of its species. From this critical perspective, even the most conservative efforts to ossify Frankenstein into a technophobic cultural cliché will, like Victor’s pastoral optimism in trying to forget about the creature amidst the sublime Alpine landscape, not succeed in bringing forth the good spirits (whether God or a sacred “Nature”) they summon. Rather, every cautionary invocation of Frankenstein cannot help but give more life, as both Harold Bloom and that rebellious replicant Roy Baty are both fond of saying, to precisely the abhorrent productions and reproductions they desperately wish to kill.
From “Dismembering the Cautionary Cliché: Re-reading the Warnings in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”

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