+612 9045 4394
$7.95 Delivery per order to Australia and New Zealand
100% Australian owned
Over a hundred thousand in-stock titles ready to ship
Cosmodolphins : Feminist Cultural Studies of Technology, Animals and the Sacred - Mette Bryld


Feminist Cultural Studies of Technology, Animals and the Sacred

Paperback Published: 1st March 2000
ISBN: 9781856498166
Number Of Pages: 256

Share This Book:


RRP $116.99
or 4 easy payments of $22.70 with Learn more
Ships in 10 to 15 business days

Earn 182 Qantas Points
on this Book

Applying recent thinking on gender and the environment to original research in science and technology, this unique book explores postcolonial relationships with ‘the wild‘ using the US and Russia as examples. The authors analyse contemporary categorizations of ‘human self‘ versus ‘wild other‘ through three twentieth century icons that best illustrate ambivalent ideas about self and other: spaceships,horoscopes and dolphins.

The book includes interviews with astrologers, wilderness guides, dolphin trainers and academic staff of space agencies from both Russia and the US.The interviews highlight some interesting differences between these two cultures in ideas both about gender and about self/other boundaries. The authors also look at representations of the space race in film and science fiction in both cultures, as well as New Age and other texts on dolphins, astrology and space travel.

Cosmodolphins shows how all three icons partly reproduce and partly alter the earlier, colonial self/other dichotomy of woman, native and nature against the ‘civilized‘ technologically masterful male self. We see how a particular icon of the wild - the dolphin - is elevated to mythological status, how a secularized society looks for spiritual fulfilment in the `beyond‘ - astrology - and in its own technological advances - space travel.

Theoretically innovative, this book represents an alternative approach to ecofeminist themes linking them up with studies of new technocultures and cyborgs. It forms an excellent exemplar of feminist cultural studies.

Industry Reviews

'This is a breath-taking ride through the cutting edge of contemporary cultural critique. From the exploration of outer space to the bottom of the sea, the book has a global reach... Witty, even wicked at times, it's NASA through Bakhtin's eyes and Flipper meets Foucault... A delight to read.' Rosi Braidotti

'Through reading of post world War II stories of space flight, New Age astrology and dolphin mythology, Mette Bryld and Nina Lykke effectively deconstruct the Euro-American phallocentric mission to civilize the wild trinity of woman-native-nature.' Govind Kelkar, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

'Mette Bryld & Nina Lykke's Cosmodolphins is one of those rare books that can startle the reader into fresh ways of seeing things... Cosmodolphins does a brilliant job of theorizing the cosmos and of inspiring other feminist cultural critics to do likewise.' Sylvia Bowerbank, McMaster University, Canada

'This inspiring work of necessary de-stabilization and de-naturalization puts feminist culture studies forward into the questions of livable future.' Lena Trojer, University of Karlskrona/Ronneby

List of Tables and Platesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Preludep. 1
From 'Earth Dolphins' to this bookp. 7
Introductionp. 9
To rewrite the master narratives of space flightp. 12
Inappropriate contiguities: the spaceship, the horoscope and the dolphinp. 14
Cosmos and ocean: the extraterrestrial 'commons'p. 19
To cannibalize and worship the wild: in early modernity and todayp. 21
Amazing storiesp. 23
Map of Matricesp. 25
Methods and materialsp. 26
To speak as implicated strangersp. 27
On the inclusion of 'nature' in feminist cultural studiesp. 28
Human, non-human, posthumanp. 30
Are animals a feminist issue?p. 32
Do feminists need a cosmology?p. 34
Feminism, science and spiritualityp. 36
Philosophy's shadows and the female divinep. 37
Feminism, story-telling and extraterrestrialismp. 39
To widen the geographical map of cultural studiesp. 40
Amazing Stories I-III: The Spaceship, the Horoscope and the Dolphinp. 44
Touch the moon!p. 44
A coincidental meetingp. 46
This is a trick!p. 48
Between Amazement and Estrangementp. 50
The space age adventure: to leave human marks in outer spacep. 53
'The Space Mural - a Cosmic View'p. 54
'To the conquerors of space ...'p. 55
The masculine adventure storyp. 56
The New Age pilgrimage: to be pervaded with macrocosmic meaningp. 58
Celestine messages and meaningful coincidencesp. 59
A world of reversalsp. 61
Dolphin fables of New Age and Space Age: between pastoral and science fictionp. 63
The dolphin as noble savagep. 63
To be imprinted with cetacean wisdomp. 64
Pastoral precursorsp. 66
The dolphin as cyborgp. 67
'Uplift' and 'education in humanity'p. 68
To read out of contextp. 69
The Big Missionp. 72
To devote one's life to the Big Missionp. 73
The adventurous journeyp. 76
The high frontierp. 78
The enigmap. 81
To will, to know, and to know-howp. 84
The masculine herop. 87
Terraforming: Farmers in the Skyp. 92
Bio-power: from human to planetary bodiesp. 93
Civilizing the deserts of Earth and spacep. 96
Human and divine will to cosmic bio-powerp. 99
Panspermia or the New Genesisp. 103
Out of the cradlep. 106
The bodyscapes of men of steel and of their mock mirrorsp. 109
From superman to post(hu)man cyborgp. 113
Conclusion: bio-power and the sacredp. 115
Amazing Story IV: The Dark Side of the Moonp. 118
As Above, So Belowp. 122
To devote your life to cosmic guidancep. 123
To be imprinted with cosmic meaningp. 126
Astrology and genderp. 130
The dyadic relationshipp. 136
One Does not Stir without the Otherp. 139
Astrology - a cosmic ecriture feminine?p. 140
An outline of the approachp. 141
Cosmos as living body - the rebirth of an ancient epistemep. 143
To be guided by fatep. 144
How to think in the image of the bodyp. 145
The universe as mother bodyp. 148
The universal mother body in New Age guisep. 149
The Great Cosmic Mother - as phallogocentric or feminist constructionp. 151
To speak the cosmic or the female bodyp. 153
A divine of one's ownp. 155
Voices from Inner and Outer Space: Refiguring Mother Sea and Father Skyp. 159
The message of the cosmodolphinsp. 159
Voices from the global commonsp. 161
Refigured Mother Seap. 164
The sea as pastoral sourcep. 166
The noble dolphin-speakp. 168
Refiguring Father Skyp. 171
The broadcasting universep. 172
An era of space messagesp. 175
Amazing Story V: Dolphin Versatility - from Living Missiles to Healersp. 180
Rocket State and Dolphin Statep. 183
Dolphin ambiguitiesp. 184
A modern rebirth of dolphin lorep. 186
The 'father' of the post-Second World War dolphin scriptp. 189
Lilly's talking cyborg dolphinsp. 191
Elite scientists on a cyborg dolphin: cosmic encountersp. 194
Cohabitation in a flooded housep. 197
From cyborg to noble savagep. 202
Socialism with a dolphin facep. 202
The noble savage of the New Agep. 206
The dolphin in a perpetuum mobile of circulating meaningsp. 209
Conclusion: Inappropriate Contiguities Revisitedp. 215
Conquerors of space in the undergroundp. 216
To posit a Fathergod through an illusory Genesisp. 218
To posit a female divine, a carnival may be necessaryp. 220
Ocean and cosmos revisited: a feminist reconfigurationp. 222
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 239
Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781856498166
ISBN-10: 1856498166
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 2000
Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

Earn 182 Qantas Points
on this Book