The Gendered Cyborg
Edited by Fiona Hovenden, Linda Janes, Gill Kirkup, Kathryn Woodward
Routledge – 1999 – 344 pages
The Gendered Cyborg explores the relationship between representation, technoscience and gender, through the metaphor of the cyborg. The contributors argue that the figure of the cyborg offers ways of thinking about the relationship between culture and technology, people and machines which disrupt the power of science to enfore the categories through which we think about being human: male and female. Taking inspiration from Donna Haraway's groundbreaking Manifesto for Cyborgs, the articles consider how the cyborg has been used in cultural representation from reproductive technology to sci-fi, and question whether the cyborg is as powerful a symbol as is often claimed. The different sections of the reader explore: * the construction of gender categories through science
* the interraction of technoscience and gender in contemporary science fiction film such as Bladerunner and the Alien series
* debates around modern reproductive technology such as ultrasound scans and IVF, assessing their benefits and constraints for women
* issues relating to artificial intelligence and the internet.
'…issues dealt with in a variety of contexts, and styles; from the poetic to the scientific by way of the intellectually rigorous and stopping off at the mildly surreal along the way. This makes the book very approachable for the target audience of Masters students, and also for undergraduates.' - Fin McMorran, University of Northumbria.
Undoubtedly there is plenty of interest in this book on the role of science and technology in women's lives.' - Alexandra Murrell, The Feminist Library, 2001