James J. Pulizzi

James J. Pulizzi is a PhD candidate at the University
of California, Los Angeles. He is the co-author with
N. Katherine Hayles of "Narrating Consciousness:
Language, Media, and Embodiment."

Liquid Ontology

2010-12-30

In this review-essay, James J. Pulizzi reads Joseph McElroy’s 1977 novel, Plus,
as a Bildungsroman for the posthuman: instead of tracing the development of a subject, the novel traces the development of processes that call the very idea of a subject into question. As a human brain adjusts to its new housing in an experimental satellite, the text unfolds in a series of re-entries and re-mappings, an unfolding that necessarily implicates the reader.