The Biopolitics of Gender in Science Fiction

Feminism and Female Machines

Questioning essentialist forms of feminist discourse, this work develops an innovative approach to gender and feminist theory by drawing together the work of key feminist and gender theorists, such as Judith Butler and Donna Haraway, and the biopolitical philosophy of Giorgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze. Les mer
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Questioning essentialist forms of feminist discourse, this work develops an innovative approach to gender and feminist theory by drawing together the work of key feminist and gender theorists, such as Judith Butler and Donna Haraway, and the biopolitical philosophy of Giorgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze. By analysing representations of the female cyborg figure, the gynoid, in science fiction literature, television, film and videogames, the work acknowledges its normative and subversive properties while also calling for a new feminist politics of selfhood and autonomy implied by the posthuman qualities of the female machine.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Introduction: Suspending Gender and Becoming-Gynoid in Science Fiction





Chapter 1: Woman or Womankind? Signatures, Suspension and Bare Life in Feminism and Science Fiction





Chapter 2: Removing/Reprogramming the Masculine - The Homo Sacer in the Feminist Dis/Utopia





Chapter 3: "You can alter our physiology, but you cannot change our nature": The Girl in the Machine





Chapter 4: Female Machines and Female Flesh - Women and/as Automata





Chapter 5: "Formally a correct response. But simulated" - Scoring Women on the Voight-Kampff Scale





Chapter 6: Profane Simulations - Home and Ruin in the Fallout Games





Chapter 7: Becoming and Avatar - Playing as Cyborgs Among Gynoids in the Deus Ex Games





Conclusion: Virtual Wives and Autonomous Selves - Towards a Politics of Becoming-Gynoid

Om forfatteren

Emily Cox-Palmer-White is a researcher specialising in gender theory, science fiction and philosophy. Her research is concerned with developing new avenues in feminist philosophy using the work of Giorgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze. Her work also explores the relationship between gender theory, posthumanism and female robots in science fiction and real-world technology. For her paper "Denuding the Gynoid: The Female Robot as Bare Life in Alex Garland's Ex Machina," she was awarded the Peter Nicholls Essay Prize by the Science Fiction Foundation and has also received the Support a New Scholar Award from the Science Fiction Research Association. She recently contributed a chapter to the collection Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy published by Open Court.