Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment / Edition 1

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How can we interpret cyberspace? What is the place of the embodied human agent in the virtual world? The realm of electronic mediation offers rich material for fiction and fantasy, but equally poses fundamental issues for understanding contemporary social and cultural change. This innovative collection examines the emerging arena of cyberspace and the challenges it presents for the social and cultural forms of the human body. It shows how changing relations between body and technology offer new arenas for cultural representation. At the same time, contributors examine the realities of virtual worlds. Among the topics examined are technological body modifications, replacements and prosthetics; bodies in cyberspace, virtual environments and cyborg culture; cultural representations of technological embodiment in visual and literary productions; and cyberpunk science fiction as a pre-figurative social and cultural theory. Drawing on the work of cultural analysts, feminists, sociologists and philosophers, the book is at the forefront of attempts to come to terms with the potentials and realities of cyberculture and its implications for the contemporary condition of human embodiment.
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Table of Contents

Cultures of Technological Embodiment: An Introduction 1
Feedback and Cybernetics: Reimaging the Body in the Age of Cybernetics 21
The Future Looms: Weaving Women and Cybernetics 45
The Design of Virtual Reality 65
Postmodern Virtualities 79
The Embodied Computer/User 97
Rear-View Mirrorshades: The Recursive Generation of the Cyberbody 113
Cyberspace and the World We Live In 135
Descartes Goes to Hollywood: Mind, Body and Gender in Contemporary Cyborg Cinema 157
Prosthetic Memory: Total Recall and Blade Runner 175
Meat (or How to Kill Oedipus in Cyberspace) 191
Beating the Meat/Surviving the Text, or How to Get Out of This Century Alive 205
Forms of Technological Embodiment: Reading the Body in Contemporary Culture 215
Cyber(body)parts: Prosthetic Consciousness 239
Corpses, Animals, Machines and Mannequins: The Body and Cyberpunk 261
Index 275
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