[Humanist] 28.573 pubs: cyberology and Joyce

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 573.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:21:48 +0100
        From: Litteraria Pragensia <litterariapragensiabooks at gmail.com>
        Subject: James Joyce

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*Cyberology & the Joycean “Tyrondynamon Machine”*
by Louis Armand

ISBN 978-80-7308-539-1 (paperback) 256pp
Publication date: December 2014
It is an intriguing feature of cybernetics, cognitive science,
psychoanalysis, critical theory & particle physics that at key moments in
their recent evolution their major practitioners have turned to the work of
one particular “experimentalist” writer, James Joyce, in whose key works —
*Ulysses* & *Finnegans Wake* — they have sought an articulation of the
emergent virtuo-real universe which since the mid-20th century we have
increasingly come to inhabit. From these two books have directly been drawn
the name for the fundamental constituent of the nucleon (Murray Gell-Mann’s
*quark*), a new model of cognition (Daniel Dennett’s *Joycean machine*), a
radical cybernetic conception of language (Jacques Derrida’s*Joyceware*), a
psycho-analytical paradigm (Jacques Lacan’s *sinthome*), & the foundations
of post-War media theory (Marshall McLuhan’s *Gutenberg Galaxy*, originally
called *The Road to Finnegans Wake*).This volume examines a series of
counter arguments to the conventional account of literary cybernetics in
light of developments which have accompanied the encounter between critical
theory and cultural studies, namely ‘hypertextuality’ and ‘posthumanism.’
In each instance, the continuing legacy of Joyce’s works is examined in

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