Bodies and/as Technology

Counter-Discourses on Ethnicity and Globalization in the Works of Alejandro Morales, Larissa Lai and Nalo Hopkinson


1. Edition, 2011
406 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-5909-6
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume No.: 211
Available: 16.12.2011

Keywords: Amerikanische Literatur, amerikanischer Film, Science fiction, Gibson, William, Ethnizität, Technologie, Postkoloniale Theorie, Morales, Alejandro, Lai, Larissa, Hopkinson, Nalo, Cyborg <Motiv>, Informationstechnologie


Exploring the relations of ethnicity and technology in the global age, ‘Bodies and/as Technology’ analyzes how cultural discourses about ethnic bodies and information technology are reflected in American science fiction literature and film. Reading the novels of Alejandro Morales (‘The Brick People’, ‘The Rag Doll Plagues’), Larissa Lai (‘When Fox is a Thousand’, ‘Salt Fish Girl’) and Nalo Hopkinson (‘Brown Girl in the Ring’, ‘Midnight Robber’) as counter-discourses to the popular works ‘Blade Runner’ (Ridley Scott), ‘Neuromancer’ (William Gibson), and ‘The Matrix’ film trilogy (Andy and Larry Wachowski), this study applies postcolonial theory to science fiction and argues for a transnational perspective on theoretical, literary, and cinematic imageries of the intersections of globalization, information technology, and ethnicity.

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