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    • What's the Critique of Cyberpunk? American Studies 282 Rutgers University Prof. Cornelius Collins Spring 2011
    • 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)
    • Resistance is futile?
      • Resistance, accommodation, or complicity?
        • Fetishization of brands
        • "Embrace of technology" (Nixon)
        • Corporate power is not shaken
        • Heroes part of the system and profit by their mastery of it
        • Opposition as style: "borrowed authenticity from punk rock"
    • USA! USA! USA!
      • American individualism vs. Japanese corporatism
      • Nixon: "in a relentlessly capitalist future, American heroism can be rearticulated": entrepreneurial, ingenious, upwardly mobile
      • Outlaw ... cowboy ... maverick
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    • "A Manifesto for Cyborgs"
      • Donna Haraway, 1985
      • Scholarly essay
      • Manifesto: a movement's declaration of principles
        • Compare Sterling's preface
    • Modern myth (& postmodern)
      • Haraway: Dream of alternative myth, "an imaginative resource"
      • Myths -- not pre-scientific, outdated explanations of the world, but descriptions of cultural values
    • Modern culture's dualisms
      • feminine masculine
      • nature culture
      • private public
      • emotion rationality
      • savage civilized
      • other self
      • dark light
    • Beyond the boundaries
      • Haraway's 3 boundary breakdowns (193-95)
        • between human and animal
        • between animal-human (organism) and machine
        • between physical and nonphysical
    • 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)
      • "We cannot go back ideologically or materially" (204)
    • Science fiction is reality
      • Science fiction is reality
        • Medicine: our bodies -- hybrid (191)
        • Work: our labor -- mobile, global (195)
        • War: our violence -- virtual (206)
      • "The machine is us" (222)
    • Irony and subversion
      • Cyborg: "offspring" of militarism, patriarchy, and capitalism (193) Cyborg politics becomes struggle against perfect communication and code (218)
    • "Progress"?
      • No origin, no fall
      • No salvation, no apocalypse
      • Release from unity, teleology, escalation, domination, guilt, innocence (192, 199, 217)
    • Postmodernity
      • "the night dream of post industrial society" (195)
      • When capitialism's traditional mode of accumulation reaches its limit and shifts to a "more flexible" mode (David Harvey)
    • What is "late capitalism"?
      • Early capitalism: mercantile
      • High capitalism: industrial
      • Late capitalism: financial