Breath in the technoscientific imaginary

Here, Durham researcher Arthur Rose explores breath as a theme, metaphor and plot device in Science Fiction. Whether used to convey a sense of anticipation, otherness, or even signify life itself, breath is a common motif in artistic media. Drawing on Fahrenheit 451, Star Wars and The Abyss, this paper discusses ways in which writers and directors employ and convey the breath, particularly highlighting the tensions between rational scientific explanations and the individual, often emotional, experiences of the characters.

Rose, A (2016) ‘Breath in the technoscientific imaginary’, Medical Humanities, doi:10.1136/medhum-2016-010908

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Arthur also presented this paper on 7 September 2016 as part of the Late Summer Lecture Series. You can listen to a podcast of his talk here

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