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Simians, Cyborgs, and Women : The Reinvention of Nature

Simians, Cyborgs, and Women : The Reinvention of Nature
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Primate Visions : Gender, Race and Nature in the World of Modern Science
coverModest-Witness, Second-Millennium : Femaleman Meets Oncomouse : Feminism and Technoscience by Donna J. Haraway, Lynn M. Randolph (Illustrator). 

 The book's title is an e-mail address. With it, Haraway locates herself and her readers in a sprawling net of associations more far-flung than the Internet. The address is not a cozy home. There is no innocent place to stand in the world where the book's author figure, FemaleMan, encounters DuPont's controversial laboratory rodent, OncoMouse. 35 illustrations....  

"Haraway's "modest witness" is a fascinating figure...in a contribution that is by itself worth the price of the book, Haraway produces a wonderfully thoughtful and complex account of...the interpenetration of biology and capitalism, two central players on the stage of politics...Haraway has produced a volume that richly rewards the hard work and generous literacy it demands of its reader. It is challenging, powerful, and unsettling to comfortable notions worth distressing." -- Laura Briggs, Sojourner

Donna Haraway is without question America's most gifted postmodern cultural critic. In this book, Haraway considers the realms of "technoscience," focusing mostly on genetic research, to consider how this emerging science constructs race, gender, and human relations. Haraway is an extremely witty writer and a true humanitarian, dedicated to questioning those cultural assumptions which hurt so many social groups. Well written, well organized, well illustrated (by Lynn Randolph)... a great book. -- Anonymous Review

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Ironic Dream

The Ironic Dream of a Common Language for Women in the Integrated Circuit: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s or A Socialist Feminist Manifesto for Cyborgs

 

The Cyborg Manifesto

Excerpt related to topics on biology, computers

Other excerpts:

Multinational capitalism, gender
Militarism, the body, gender

Carolyn Keen on Haraway, "Cyborg Manifesto"

"A Cyborg Manifesto" is a socialist-feminist analysis of "women's situation in the advanced technological conditions of postmodern life in the First World" (Penley, interview cited below). The "elementary units of socialist-feminist analysis," race, gender, and class  are in the process of transformation. The tools for analysis: Marxist, psychoanalytic, feminist, anthropological are problematic as they are currently articulated...

 

Manifesto Technologies: Marx, Marinetti, Haraway

By Steven Mentor, Department of English, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195.

By what writing technologies are technologies represented? And what are the politics of those writing technologies? These must be important questions for techno-historians; no one genre of representation determines the reception of technologies like electricity or automobiles, and below any essay on technology lie buried assumptions of what might constitute adequate and inadequate, normative and abnormal structures of representation.

 

Cyborgs and other mechanic adventures in space

Cyborgs explained...

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The Biopolitics of Postmodern Bodies

Excerpts related to topics on immunology, militarism, and post-industrial capitalism. 

 

Cyborg Consciousness

By Michael Joyce. Explorations of feminist and other visionary texts about body, mind, machine, resistance, contradiction, virtuality, the breakdown of dualisms and the demise of hierarchies.  (List of texts for a Class with excerpts)

 

Cyborgs and Postmodern Bodies

Here are some sites concerned with the effects of computer mediated communication on human thought and human bodies.  Includes a link to some excellent e-texts about cyborgs.  

Including:

Manifesto Technologies: Marx, Marinetti, Haraway by Steven Menter
A Tragedy for Cyborgs by John R. R. Christie
Science, Ideology and Donna Haraway by Robert M. Young
Cyborgs, Tricksters, and Hermes: Donna Haraway's Metatheory of Science and Religion by William Grassie
Postmodernism: What One Needs to Know by William Grassie
Cyberfeminism with a difference by Rosi Braidotti
The carousel of genders by Anneke Smelik
DOOM PATROLS, Chapter 6 by Cliff Steele
Zambinella Meets the Cyborg: Barthes, S/Z, and Print-Based Literary Studies by John Slatin
Computers and the Communication of Gender by Elizabeth Lane Lawley

 

Cyborgs, Tricksters, and Hermes: Donna Haraway's Metatheory of Science and Religion

By Billy Grassie.  This article is a close reading of two essays by Donna  Haraway on feminist philosophy, the biophysical sciences, and critical social theory. Haraway's strong social constructionist approach to science is criticized by colleague Sandra Harding, resulting in an epistemological reconceptualization of objectivity by Haraway. Haraway's notion of "Situated Knowledges" provides a workable epistemology for all social and biophysical sciences, while inviting the reintegration of religions as critical conversation partners in an emancipatory hermeneutics of nature, culture, and technology. 

 

The Cyborg

Brown University's Cyberspace, Hypertext, and Critical Theory Web

 

Cyborg: Some Definitions, Descriptions, and Exemplications

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

Haraway on the Cyborg: A cyborg is a cybernetic mechanism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction. Social reality is lived social relations, our most important political construction, a world-changing fiction. The international women's movements have constructed 'women's experience', as well as uncovered or discovered this crucial collective object. This experience is a fiction and fact of the most crucial, political kind. 

 

Derridean Blurs and Haraway's Crossings

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

Such blurring boundaries between man and machine provides Donna Haraway, who has taught an entire generation of theorists to think in terms of the cyborg paradigm, to found a theorical approach that can counter the destructive dualisms that she believes inform the western tradition...

 

The Cyborg Paradigm, Gender Difference, and Multivocality

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

Like Bakhtin's multivocality and Derrida's decentering, Haraway's cyborg , attacks and opens up false, imposed unities that form as univocality.

 

The Practical Appeal of Cyborg Imagery

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

According to Donna J. Haraway,  There are several consequences to taking seriously the imagery of cyborgs as other than our enemies. Our bodies, ourselves; bodies are maps of power and identity. Cyborgs are no exception. A cyborg body is not innocent; it was not born in a garden; it does not seek unitary identity and so generate antagonistic dualisms without end (or until the world ends); it takes irony for granted. 

 

The Appeal of Cyborg Imagery: Anti-Totalizing

By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History.

According to Donna J. Haraway, cyborg imagery can "help express" what she takes to be the crucial point that   the production of universal, totalizing theory is a major mistake that misses most of reality, probably always, but certainly now; and second, taking responsibility for the social relations of science and technology means refusing an anti-science metaphysics, a demonology of technology, and so means embracing the skillful task of reconstructing the boundaries of daily life, in partial connection with others, in communication with all of our parts.

 

Science, Ideology and Donna Haraway

By Robert M. Young.  This began life as a talk given at Nottingham Polytechnic, in which I attempted to re-think the concept of ideology in the light of social constructivism, especially the astonishing achievement of Donna Haraway in Primate Visions. Much revised, it appeared in Science as Culture (no. 15) 3:165-207,1992   

 

Border Crossings

List of links to sites about cyborgs, cyber thought, and cyberpunks.

 

Computers and the Communication of Gender

Donna Haraway,  whose intriguing "Cyborg Manifesto" has been cited extensively in literature on the future of gender construction, also focuses on technologies that provide for the physical recreation of the body rather than the virtual creation that text-based CMC technology addresses.

 

Links to Cyberpunk Related Sites

Links relating to cyber thought and postindustrial art.

 

Cyborg Anthropology Archive

Extensive list of e-texts and site links.

 

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