Tuesday, March 22, 7pm at BookCulture, 536 West 112th Street
The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious, by Lydia Liu, is the first in-depth study of the political history of digital writing and its fateful entanglement with the Freudian unconscious. The book shows how the convergences of literary modernism, mathematics, and psychoanalysis in the 20th century transformed alphabetical writing system into the post-phonetic, ideographic, and universal system of today's digital media. Altering the threshold of sense and nonsense in communication processes, the remarkable event has compelled a new understanding of language, human-machine interplay, and the Freudian unconscious.
Lydia H. Liu, W.T. Tam Professor in the Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University
McKenzie Wark, Associate Dean of Eugene Lang College at the New School
Sarah Monks, Administrative Assistant
Institute for Comparative Literature and Society