• Stuka

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (2015)
    • Subtitling Pride and Prejudice

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Magma Poetry, 2017-12-01)
      Poem
    • A Tale of Two Galaxies

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Nine Arches Press, 2017-05-01)
      Poem
    • "A terrorism of the rich": Symbolic violence in Bret Easton Ellis's Glamorama and J G Ballard's Super-Cannes

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Taylor & Francis, 2007-03)
      This article discusses two contemporary novels that question the received idea of terrorism as the desperate violence of disenfranchised groups. Glamorama and Super-Cannes symbolize the violence perpetrated by Western states and institutions by presenting us with terrorists who are corporate executives and supermodels, and who inflict their violence on ethnic minorities, or allow them to be wrongly blamed for it.
    • The Aesthetics of the Anthropocene: Posthumanism and Contemporary Science Fiction

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Shanghai Jaio Tong University, 2017-01-01)
      Abstract: This essay examines posthumanism through the lens of contemporary science fiction (SF), using two case studies: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy and Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl. The essay argues that the Cartesian paradigm of the rational human subject as free agent has recently come under increasing strain, to the extent that it is becoming replaced by the posthuman. SF is a genre whose narratives can be planetary in scope, which situates our species in its ecological and material contexts, and which allows for technological alteration of the human without violating its own conventions; it is therefore an excellent vehicle for a Marxist analysis of the posthuman in contemporary culture.
    • Three Poems

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (The Rialto, 2017-03-01)
      Three poems
    • Timothy Leary and Alternative Salvation

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (T & T Clark, 2015-12-17)
      In his rewriting of The Tibetan Book of the Dead as an LSD manual in The Psychedelic Experience, his verse translations of the Tao Te Ching and his later work such as Your Brain is God, Timothy Leary outlines a constantly evolving manifesto for social and personal salvation. My focus in this chapter is on Leary’s countercultural and post-countercultural revisions of the human from the 1960s to 1990s; his mission to move beyond inherited templates of subjectivity of towards states of ecstasy which were largely uncharted but towards which his chosen tools – drugs, then later computer technology – could point the way. The divinity of the brain is, in Leary’s worldview at least, a literal physiological truth, rather than a metaphor; for Leary, God is among other things a cluster of neurons, but this is to be welcomed as an alternative route to salvation.
    • Timothy Leary and the trace of the posthuman

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014-07-03)
      If we trace the line of Timothy Leary’s thought from The Politics of Ecstasy to Your Brain is God, he is outlining his programme for social and personal change based on the consumption of psychedelics and the 3-stage process of ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’. And yet, at the same time, he is mapping out a process which has a profound relationship to the shifting concept of the human. Leary’s programme was one which paradoxically urged the reader to re-humanize him or herself by stepping out of preprogrammed social games even to the extent of temporarily destroying the ego under heavy doses of psychedelics, and yet at the same time sketched out an emerging posthuman future, in which the subject in and of ideology (Althusser) was to be replaced by a post-subjective, post-ideological being whose processes Leary believed would operate on a different ontological level. Leary argued that this level was that of the cellular process of the body, the automatic somatic workings over which the ego has no control and yet which inform and create the majority of sensory impressions and subjective consciousness. His means of reaching this level was, at first, drugs; then from the 1980s his focus shifted to computer technology: ‘Electronics and psychedelics have shattered the sequence of orderly linear identification, the automatic imitation that provides racial and social continuity’. In his introduction to the 1995 reissue of High Priest (1968), Leary pointed out that ‘You will note (and, perhaps, be amused by) our Breathless Spirituality, our lavish use religious metaphors. Today, of course, we are beginning to use neurological and digital terms to suggest how we can operate our brains’; he warns the reader that the Priest in the title is ironic. My focus here is not on the means but the end: not on drugs or computers as such but on Leary’s revisions of the human; on his problematic quest to refashion the human being and move beyond it towards posthuman states which were largely uncharted but towards which his chosen tools, fashionable for each era in which he was writing, could point the way.
    • Travellers and Avatars

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Live Canon Poetry Press, 2018-11-09)
      Poetry collection
    • Two Poems

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Magma Poetry, 2017-06-01)
      Two poems
    • Two poems: the Ducal gallery of maps and Venice

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Prolific Press, 2015-06-30)
      Two poems published in the Spring issue of Poetry Quarterly
    • A Visitor from the Provinces

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Nine Arches Press, 2015-07-31)
    • World of Rich Water

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Butcher's Dog, 2017-06-01)
      Poem