Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture / Edition 1

Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture / Edition 1

by Mary Flanagan, Mary Flanagan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262561506

ISBN-13: 9780262561501

Pub. Date: 04/30/2002

Publisher: MIT Press

Most writing on cyberculture is dominated by two almost mutually exclusive visions: the heroic image of the male outlaw hacker and the utopian myth of a gender-free cyberworld. Reload offers an alternative picture of cyberspace as a complex and contradictory place where there is oppression as well as liberation. It shows how cyberpunk's revolutionary claims

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Most writing on cyberculture is dominated by two almost mutually exclusive visions: the heroic image of the male outlaw hacker and the utopian myth of a gender-free cyberworld. Reload offers an alternative picture of cyberspace as a complex and contradictory place where there is oppression as well as liberation. It shows how cyberpunk's revolutionary claims conceal its ultimate conservatism on matters of class, gender, and race. The cyberfeminists writing here view cyberculture as a social experiment with an as-yet-unfulfilled potential to create new identities, relationships, and cultures.The book brings together women's cyberfiction--fiction that explores the relationship between people and virtual technologies--and feminist theoretical and critical investigations of gender and technoculture. From a variety of viewpoints, the writers consider the effects of rapid and profound technological change on culture, in particular both the revolutionary and reactionary effects of cyberculture on women's lives. They also explore the feminist implications of the cyborg, a human-machine hybrid. The writers challenge the conceptual and institutional rifts between high and low culture, which are embedded in the texts and artifacts of cyberculture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262561501
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/30/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
596
Sales rank:
1,086,897
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Editors and Contributors
Introduction1
2Women's Cyberfiction: An Introduction25
3(Learning About) Machine Sex (fiction) [1988]48
4Trouble and Her Friends [excerpt] (fiction) [1994]64
5Striking Cyborgs: Reworking the "Human" in Marge Piercy's He, She and It (criticism)85
6The Ship Who Sang (fiction) [1961]107
7Entrada (fiction) [1993]123
8A CyberRoom of One's Own (criticism)148
9The Ethical Dimension of Cyberfeminism (criticism)158
10The Five Wives of Ibn Fadlan: Women's Collaborative Fiction on Antonio Banderas Web Sites (criticism)175
11Correspondence [excerpt] (fiction) [1991]195
12Doing It Digitally: Rosalind Brodsky and the Art of Virtual Female Subjectivity (criticism)209
13Virtually Visible: Female Cyberbodies and the Medical Imagination (criticism)239
14No Woman Born (fiction) [1944]261
15(Re)reading Queerly: Science Fiction, Feminism, and the Defamiliarization of Gender (criticism)301
16After/Images of Identity: Gender, Technology, and Identity Politics (criticism)321
17Shooting up Heroines (criticism)332
18Girl Erupted (criticism)355
19Cyborg Feminism: The Science Fiction of Octavia E. Butler and Gloria Anzaldua (criticism)374
20Speech Sounds (fiction) [1983]403
21Virtual Girl [excerpt] (fiction) [1993]415
22Hyperbodies, Hyperknowledge: Women in Games, Women in Cyberpunk, and Strategies of Resistance (criticism)425
23Proxies [excerpt] (fiction) [1998]461
24"The Postproduction of the Human Heart": Desire, Identification, and Virtual Embodiment in Feminist Narratives of Cyberspace (criticism)469
25A Real Girl (fiction) [1998]505
26Assembling Bodies in Cyberspace: Technologies, Bodies, and Sexual Difference (criticism)519
27Shockingly Tech-splicit: The Performance Politics of Orlan and Other Cyborgs (criticism)539
28The Girl Who Was Plugged In (fiction) [1973]546
Index578

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