Of Shit and the Soul: Tropes of Cybernetic Disembodiment in Contemporary Culture

  title={Of Shit and the Soul: Tropes of Cybernetic Disembodiment in Contemporary Culture},
  author={Allison Muri},
  journal={Body \& Society},
  pages={73 - 92}
  • A. Muri
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Art
  • Body & Society
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