I Love My Selfie
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author, editor, and translator of numerous books, including
Adál Maldonado is a visual, performance, installation, and video artist; playwright; cofounder of the first all-artist political party in Puerto Rico; the recipient of a Pollock-Krassner Fellowship; and the author of several books, including
Alone with Others
The fifth chapter discusses selflessness and the difference between “Me,” “Myself,” and “I.” It looks at how different languages describe the self in various ways and how personal pronouns differ from one language to another. References are made to William James, Stevenson’s Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, and the movie Being John Malkovich. Finally, it ponders the role Facebook plays in reconfiguring our understanding of the self.
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