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Cyberpunk & Cyberculture : Science Fiction and the Work of William Gibson - Dani Cavallaro

Cyberpunk & Cyberculture

Science Fiction and the Work of William Gibson

Paperback Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9780485006070
Number Of Pages: 280

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Cyberpunk is the fiction of a culture saturated by electronic technology. Its vocabulary is the language of cybernetics, biotechnology, corporational greed and urban subcultures. Massively successful in both book and film form, cyberpunk has redefined not only contemporary science fiction but also, through its capacity to anticipate technology and its cultural impact, analytical work in the social sciences and humanities.

Cyberpunk and Cyberculture explores the work of a wide range of writers -- Acker, Cadigan, Rucker, Shirley, Sterling, Williams and, of course, Gibson -- setting their work in the context of science fiction, other literary genres, genre cinema -- from Metropolis to Terminator to The Matrix -- and contemporary work on the culture of technology.

Seven main themes are addressed: the impact of virtual technologies on identity, space and community; the interplay of technological and mythological motifs; reconfigurations of the body initiated by technoscience; issues of gender and sexuality; the significance of the sprawling megacity; cyberpunk's Gothic traits of monstrosity; transgression and social unrest; and the editing of history and memory. This is a major effort to address how present day culture has been impacted by a new generation as well as a new technology.

Prefacep. ix
A brief guide to the bookp. xvii
Introduction: Science fiction and cyberpunkp. 1
Cyberpunk and virtual technologiesp. 23
Cyberpunk, technology and mythologyp. 41
Technology and mythology: originsp. 41
Cyborgsp. 44
Myth and religion in cyberpunkp. 52
Fiction, theory and the language of sciencep. 63
Cyberpunk and the bodyp. 72
The cyberbodyp. 72
Idoru: the body as personality constructp. 79
The ghostp. 83
The strangerp. 88
Burning Chrome and Mona Lisa Overdrive: the body as commodityp. 92
The dollp. 105
Cyberpunk, gender and sexualityp. 109
Technologies of the gendered subjectp. 109
Gender roles in cyberpunkp. 121
Virtual sexp. 126
Cyberpunk and the cityp. 133
Science and spacep. 134
Digital maps: ON/OFFp. 140
Venicep. 146
Space and narrative structurep. 150
Cyberpunk and the Gothicp. 164
The uncannyp. 167
Layering and architecturep. 172
Familiesp. 184
Fashionp. 193
Time zonesp. 198
Epilogue: Cyberpunk and memoryp. 204
Referencesp. 215
Guide to further readingp. 237
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780485006070
ISBN-10: 0485006073
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 13.92  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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