Magic, art, religion, science: blurring the boundaries of science and science fiction in Marge Piercy's cyborgian narrative

Wight, Linda (2007) Magic, art, religion, science: blurring the boundaries of science and science fiction in Marge Piercy's cyborgian narrative. In: Morrissey, Thomas J., and de Los Santos, Oscar, (eds.) When Genres Collide: selected essays from the 37th Annual Meeting of the Science Fiction Research Association, June 22-25, 2006, White Plains, New York. Fine Tooth Press, Waterbury, CT, USA, pp. 133-140.

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Abstract

While the definition of SF has been heavily debated, it is generally recognized to have some connection to the concept of science. Darko Suvin suggests that if we take science to stand for cognition and fiction for estrangement, there is sound reason for calling the genre science fiction (13). The way science is envisioned therefore has substantial ramifications for how we define science fiction. Over the past two decades feminist theorists such as Evelyn Fox Keller and Helen Longino have increasingly criticized science for its masculinist bias, universalist assumptions, and commitment to pure, neutral, objective knowledge. In response to such critiques, feminist scientists and some SF writers have advocated an alternative approach to science incorporating recognition of differences, multiplicity, complexity, and partial and situated knowledges (Baccolini 18).

Item ID: 2989
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
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ISBN: 978-0-9794770-9-6
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2009 03:43
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%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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