Piercy's Gendered Cyborgs: hope, threat and blurred boundaries

Wight, Linda (2007) Piercy's Gendered Cyborgs: hope, threat and blurred boundaries. In: Duchamp, L. Timmel, (ed.) The WisCon Chronicles. Aqueduct Press, Seattle, USA, pp. 74-81.

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Abstract

Marge Piercy's He, She and It (1991) focuses on Yod, a twenty-first century male "cyborg" created by the male scientist, Avram. In the acknowledgments section of the novel, Piercy writes: "Donna Haraway's essay "A Cyborg Manifesto" was extremely suggestive" (He, She, and It, 1991,431; hereafter HS/). Reflecting Haraway's influence, Piercy explores the limitations of gender imposed upon the cyborg figure, while emphasizing the cyborg's potential both for unfaithfulness to its origins as well as for blurring the boundaries between the human and non-human, and masculinity and femininity.

Item ID: 2948
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-933500-14-0
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2009 04:53
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies @ 25%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200506 North American Literature @ 25%
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