In this book, Mick Howard uses a Saussurean framework to explore how bodies and technologies intermingle through a theory of cyborg semiotics. Howard argues that, like words, this combination follows rules of language and can be fruitfully analyzed through the lens of the cyborg. Just as spelling and grammar dictate which words may be formed and in which order they may be sequenced, cyborg semiotics unveils the underlying rules governing how technologies and bodies can be combined to make meaning and how these cyborgs are permitted to interact with each other. This intersectional theory, Howard posits, provides a unique perspective on power and the human condition.
Mick Howard is director of the Langston University Writing Center.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Cyborg Semiotics
Chapter 2: Structures in Cyborg Semiotics
Chapter 3: Principles of Cyborg Semiotics
Chapter 4: Cybernetic Valuation
Chapter 5: Cyborg Grammar and Relationships
Chapter 6: The Deconstruction of Cyborg Semiotics
A Course in Cyborg Semiotics enriches cyborgology as a field of inquiry and challenges the status quo, reinvigorating the potentiality of change through an extensive conceptualization of cyborgs as signs, symbols, and cybernetic systems. Mick Howard proposes a novel methodological framework and highlights each step with vivid examples that help the reader to understand his conceptual path. Drawing on a solid semiotic approach rooted in the Saussurean tradition, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in digital technology and its imbrication in everyday life and embodiment.