Becoming Human/Posthuman: The Spatial Transformation in Alan Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential

By Chia-ching Lin.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper tries to explore how and what human/posthuman react to the spatial transformation in Alan Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential. Ayckbourn presents a future world where everything is dependent on machine. Machine helps human with every triviality in life; it accomplishes human’s job and even replace it. Taking the robot, Jacie, as an example, this play describes how she reacts to a place and how the spatial transformation affects her. In this play, android is functioned for the production of the entertainment industry. Jacie is treated as a laborer. However, during the contact with human beings and different space, Jacie develops a partially human nature making her an autonomous and sentient subject. Jacie’s transformation involves the change of space, from a mechanic, robotic and human-controlled space to the outside world filled with the “real” human social activities. The movement is concerned about floating and shifting of space as well as of value. Therefore, I’d like to discuss the transformation of human/posthuman during the shift of space and the impact including economic and cultural aspects: from human to posthuman and back.

Keywords: Space, Alan Ayckbourn, Cyborg, Posthuman, Comic Potential

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.35-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.201MB).

Chia-ching Lin

Lecturer, General Education Committee, Yu Da University, Miaoli County, Taiwan

Lin, Chia-ching is currently a lecturer of General Education Center at Yu Da University. She teaches undergraduates English and American literature. Her interest is drama which she intends to take it as the topic in the PhD thesis. She is also a PhD student of Department of English at Tamkang University in Taiwan. Recently her study focuses on the relationship of literature and environment, especially how space is (re)presented in literary works.

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