[Humanist] 23.25 servants as automata?
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue May 19 09:29:21 CEST 2009
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 25.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 08:06:12 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: servants as automata?
I would be enormously grateful for any clues to the explicit
characterization of human servants or slaves as automata or to
attribution to them of characteristics proper to machines. Such would
include passages in novels and depictions in drama as well as guidebooks
to proper social behaviour. Scholarly opinions that this was the way
servants were treated when people had them would also be welcome. It's
clear that from the earliest times automata were made or imagined in the
form of servants, but I am interested particularly in how human beings
were seen as machines.
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
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