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Teach phenomenology the bomb : Starship Troopers, the technologized body and humanitarian warfare [chapter]

Literature after Globalization : Textuality, Technology and the Nation-State  
Paul Verhoeven's SF films are often concerned with how the future body will be reshaped as a technological device. Starship Troopers strangely departs from Verhoeven's own work, other SF film, and current directions in cultural theory by seeing the future body as one that is more organic than mechanical. Drawing upon and challenging ideas developed by Paul Virilio, this essay argues that Starship Troopers' departure from the notion of the 'post-human' mechanized body needs to be understood not
more » ... be understood not as a nostalgic reassertion of detechnologized subjectivity. Rather, Verhoeven's film sees the idea of the pure body as a dangerous anachronism. And, this essay further argues, Starship Troopers suggests that narratives of human salvation -such as those that arose during Nato's interventions in the Balkans -often conceal an appetite for territorial conquest.
doi:10.5040/ fatcat:ilgbailuwzafrki6qs6hxsgfs4