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Insect MediaAn Archaeology of Animals and Technology$
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Jussi Parikka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816667390

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816667390.001.0001

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Nineteenth-Century Insect Technics

Nineteenth-Century Insect Technics

The Uncanny Affects of Insects

(p.1) One Nineteenth-Century Insect Technics
Insect Media

Jussi Parikka

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter revolves around three themes: the rise of modern biology and the emergence of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution; the development of modern technical media that presented a new sphere of capturing and reproducing sensations and communication; and the appearance of insects as a special topic of interest among professional entomologists and vast ranks of amateur devotees. In the nineteenth century, insect technics became a transversal theme expressed in many contexts. The schematic practices of biopower and notions of insect technics intertwined. The chapter extends from entomological discourses to look at the philosophy of technology and biopolitics, and towards Henri Bergson’s biologically-inspired philosophy to introduce the idea of animals as innovators.

Keywords:   modern biology, Charles Darwin, theory of evolution, modern technical media, insect technics, biopower, Henri Bergson, philosophy of technology

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