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  • 1. What's the Critique of Cyberpunk? American Studies 282 Rutgers University Prof. Cornelius Collins Spring 2011
  • 2. Gender in Gibson
    • Rikki, Molly, Linda Lee
      • Dualism: "Meat" or mercenary
        • Signs of correction in Mona Lisa Overdrive
      • Exceptions?
        • 3Jane? Wintermute and Neuromancer as genderless Ais?
          • But matrix figured as feminine: dark and secret
      • Gender assumptions unchanged
        • "Feminist power as the threat of the future" (Rob Nixon)
  • 3. Resistance is futile?
    • Resistance, accommodation, or complicity?
      • Fetishization of brands
      • 4. "Embrace of technology" (Nixon)
      • 5. Corporate power is not shaken
      • 6. Heroes part of the system and profit by their mastery of it
      • 7. Opposition as style: "borrowed authenticity from punk rock"
  • 8. USA! USA! USA!
    • American individualism vs. Japanese corporatism
    • 9. Nixon: "in a relentlessly capitalist future, American heroism can be rearticulated": entrepreneurial, ingenious, upwardly mobile
    • 10. Outlaw ... cowboy ... maverick
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  • 15. "A Manifesto for Cyborgs"
    • Donna Haraway, 1985
    • 16. Scholarly essay
    • 17. Manifesto: a movement's declaration of principles
      • Compare Sterling's preface
  • 18. Modern myth (& postmodern)
    • Haraway: Dream of alternative myth, "an imaginative resource"
    • 19. Myths -- not pre-scientific, outdated explanations of the world, but descriptions of cultural values
  • 20. Modern culture's dualisms
  • 27. Beyond the boundaries
    • Haraway's 3 boundary breakdowns (193-95)
      • between human and animal
      • between animal-human (organism) and machine
      • between physical and nonphysical
  • 28. We are all cyborgs now
    • "a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction" (191)
    • 29. "We cannot go back ideologically or materially" (204)
  • 30. Science fiction is reality
    • Science fiction is reality
      • Medicine: our bodies -- hybrid (191)
      • 31. Work: our labor -- mobile, global (195)
      • 32. War: our violence -- virtual (206)
    • "The machine is us" (222)
  • 33. Irony and subversion
    • Cyborg: "offspring" of militarism, patriarchy, and capitalism (193) Cyborg politics becomes struggle against perfect communication and code (218)
  • 34. "Progress"?
    • No origin, no fall
    • 35. No salvation, no apocalypse
    • 36. Release from unity, teleology, escalation, domination, guilt, innocence (192, 199, 217)
  • 37. Postmodernity
    • "the night dream of post industrial society" (195)
    • 38. When capitialism's traditional mode of accumulation reaches its limit and shifts to a "more flexible" mode (David Harvey)
  • 39. What is "late capitalism"?
    • Early capitalism: mercantile
    • 40. High capitalism: industrial
    • 41. Late capitalism: financial