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Modest-Witness, Second-Millennium : Femaleman Meets Oncomouse : Feminism and Technoscience by Donna J. Haraway

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Cyborg Citizen : Politics in the Posthuman Age

Cyborg: Engineering the Body ElectricCyborg: Engineering the Body Electric by Diane Greco

This title is published on a 3.5" disk (Mac and Windows).

Part human and part machine, the cyborg is a familiar figure in cyberpunk science fiction. But this figure looms ever larger -- as metaphor and as reality -- in all our lives. Today, cyborgs are real; in cyberspace, we are all cyborgs. Greco explores the significance of the cyborg in 20th century writing. from Thomas Pynchon and William Gibson to Haraway and Derrida. The cyborg is more than just an interesting fiction; Cyborg: Engineering The Body Electric explores cyborg's impact on political action and personal identity.

After reading Cyborg, you'll never again look at your body (or someone else's) quite the same way.

"If cyborgs know about anything, they know about parts. Spare parts, parts and wholes, prostheses, replacements, enhancements. How do you make sense of all these pieces? After the disaster, when things fall apart, cyborgs know how to stitch themselves back together."

About the Author
Diane Greco is acquisitions editor at Eastgate. A graduate of Brown University, she earned her doctorate in the History of Science from MIT. She lives in Boston.

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We have undergone a digital revolution.  How are the media, technology, and the wired world fundamentally changing who we are, and how we interact...?

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In every issue of *spark-online we apply this principle to our idea that the new world of high technology has not only created a new "e-society"—it has created a new understanding of self. We call this new understanding of self, "electronic consciousness." Technology hasn’t changed only our societies—it has fundamentally changed us. *spark-online is at the vanguard of recognising, and attempting to understand this change...

 

Ironic Dream

The Ironic Dream of a Common Language for Women in the Integrated Circuit: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s or A Socialist Feminist Manifesto for Cyborgs

 

The Cyborg Manifesto

Excerpt related to topics on biology, computers

Other excerpts:

bulletMultinational capitalism, gender
bulletMilitarism, the body, gender

Carolyn Keen on Haraway, "Cyborg Manifesto"

"A Cyborg Manifesto" is a socialist-feminist analysis of "women's situation in the advanced technological conditions of postmodern life in the First World" (Penley, interview cited below). The "elementary units of socialist-feminist analysis," race, gender, and class  are in the process of transformation. The tools for analysis: Marxist, psychoanalytic, feminist, anthropological are problematic as they are currently articulated...

 

Manifesto Technologies: Marx, Marinetti, Haraway

By Steven Mentor, Department of English, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195.

By what writing technologies are technologies represented? And what are the politics of those writing technologies? These must be important questions for techno-historians; no one genre of representation determines the reception of technologies like electricity or automobiles, and below any essay on technology lie buried assumptions of what might constitute adequate and inadequate, normative and abnormal structures of representation.

 

Cyborgs and other mechanic adventures in space

Cyborgs explained...

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The Biopolitics of Postmodern Bodies

Excerpts related to topics on immunology, militarism, and post-industrial capitalism. 

 

Cyborg Consciousness

By Michael Joyce. Explorations of feminist and other visionary texts about body, mind, machine, resistance, contradiction, virtuality, the breakdown of dualisms and the demise of hierarchies.  (List of texts for a Class with excerpts)

 

Cyborgs and Postmodern Bodies

Here are some sites concerned with the effects of computer mediated communication on human thought and human bodies.  Includes a link to some excellent e-texts about cyborgs.  

Including:

bulletManifesto Technologies: Marx, Marinetti, Haraway by Steven Menter
bulletA Tragedy for Cyborgs by John R. R. Christie
bulletScience, Ideology and Donna Haraway by Robert M. Young
bulletCyborgs, Tricksters, and Hermes: Donna Haraway's Metatheory of Science and Religion by William Grassie
bulletPostmodernism: What One Needs to Know by William Grassie
bulletCyberfeminism with a difference by Rosi Braidotti
bulletThe carousel of genders by Anneke Smelik
bulletDOOM PATROLS, Chapter 6 by Cliff Steele
bulletZambinella Meets the Cyborg: Barthes, S/Z, and Print-Based Literary Studies by John Slatin
bulletComputers and the Communication of Gender by Elizabeth Lane Lawley

 

Cyborgs, Tricksters, and Hermes: Donna Haraway's Metatheory of Science and Religion

By Billy Grassie.  This article is a close reading of two essays by Donna  Haraway on feminist philosophy, the biophysical sciences, and critical social theory. Haraway's strong social constructionist approach to science is criticized by colleague Sandra Harding, resulting in an epistemological reconceptualization of objectivity by Haraway. Haraway's notion of "Situated Knowledges" provides a workable epistemology for all social and biophysical sciences, while inviting the reintegration of religions as critical conversation partners in an emancipatory hermeneutics of nature, culture, and technology. 

 

The Cyborg

Brown University's Cyberspace, Hypertext, and Critical Theory Web

 

Cyborg: Some Definitions, Descriptions, and Exemplications

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

Haraway on the Cyborg: A cyborg is a cybernetic mechanism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction. Social reality is lived social relations, our most important political construction, a world-changing fiction. The international women's movements have constructed 'women's experience', as well as uncovered or discovered this crucial collective object. This experience is a fiction and fact of the most crucial, political kind. 

 

Derridean Blurs and Haraway's Crossings

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

Such blurring boundaries between man and machine provides Donna Haraway, who has taught an entire generation of theorists to think in terms of the cyborg paradigm, to found a theorical approach that can counter the destructive dualisms that she believes inform the western tradition...

 

The Cyborg Paradigm, Gender Difference, and Multivocality

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

Like Bakhtin's multivocality and Derrida's decentering, Haraway's cyborg , attacks and opens up false, imposed unities that form as univocality.

 

The Practical Appeal of Cyborg Imagery

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

According to Donna J. Haraway,  There are several consequences to taking seriously the imagery of cyborgs as other than our enemies. Our bodies, ourselves; bodies are maps of power and identity. Cyborgs are no exception. A cyborg body is not innocent; it was not born in a garden; it does not seek unitary identity and so generate antagonistic dualisms without end (or until the world ends); it takes irony for granted. 

 

The Appeal of Cyborg Imagery: Anti-Totalizing

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

According to Donna J. Haraway, cyborg imagery can "help express" what she takes to be the crucial point that   the production of universal, totalizing theory is a major mistake that misses most of reality, probably always, but certainly now; and second, taking responsibility for the social relations of science and technology means refusing an anti-science metaphysics, a demonology of technology, and so means embracing the skillful task of reconstructing the boundaries of daily life, in partial connection with others, in communication with all of our parts.

 

Science, Ideology and Donna Haraway

By Robert M. Young.  This began life as a talk given at Nottingham Polytechnic, in which I attempted to re-think the concept of ideology in the light of social constructivism, especially the astonishing achievement of Donna Haraway in Primate Visions. Much revised, it appeared in Science as Culture (no. 15) 3:165-207,1992   

 

Border Crossings

List of links to sites about cyborgs, cyber thought, and cyberpunks.

 

Computers and the Communication of Gender

Donna Haraway,  whose intriguing "Cyborg Manifesto" has been cited extensively in literature on the future of gender construction, also focuses on technologies that provide for the physical recreation of the body rather than the virtual creation that text-based CMC technology addresses.

 

Links to Cyberpunk Related Sites

Links relating to cyber thought and postindustrial art.

 

Cyborg Anthropology Archive

Extensive list of e-texts and site links.

 

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