"The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture" documents the image of the cyborg in all its imaginative guises. The title is from a 1919 essay by Sigmund Freud, which describes “the uncanny” as that which is familiar and strange at the same time. The idea of the cyborg ― a person whose physical abilities are augmented and extended by machine technology ― has been in existence for decades, and is one of the most persistent and intriguing cultural images of the last century. The cyborg is a cipher ― an enigmatic figure that is human but not human; a machine but not a machine. It exists at the intersection of science, technology, and culture. For some, the cyborg is evident in the massive presence of technology in our lives; we are constantly aided by machines, whether they are computers, vehicles, or military weapons that extend and amplify our presence in the natural world, or medical prosthetics, such as pacemakers, artificial limbs, and eyeglasses, which maintain and reinforce our existing physical bodies. How is one to understand the persistence of the cyborg in the visual arts and popular culture, in science and literature, or in medicine and cultural theory? This book, in its various essays and images, presents the cyborg as an “uncanny” image that reflects our shared fascination and dread of the machine and its presence in our daily lives. Includes essays and excerpts by Allan Antliff, Bruno Bettelheim, Randy Lee Cutler, Sigmund Freud, William Gibson, Bruce Grenville, Makiko Hara, Donna Haraway, Masanori Oda, Jeanne Randolph, and Toshiya Ueno ― Book cover. A list of works in the exhibition of is included.
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Onsite

Location code REF.GRB
Language

English

Keywords

technologySouth KoreaJapan

Publication/Creation date

2001

No of pages

280

ISBN / ISSN

1551521164

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture

- Bruce GRENVILLE

The Uncanny

- Sigmund FREUD

Transgressed Boundaries; Potent Fusion and Dangerous Possibilities

- Jeanne RANDOLPH

Egoist Cyborgs

- Allan ANTLIFF

Joey: A Mechanical Boy

- Bruno BETTELHEIM

Dead Eyes: a One-act Play with Two Suburban Americans and Three Dead Geniuses

- Jeanne RANDOLPH

A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science; Technology; and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s

- Donna HARAWAY

Looking Back at Cyborgs

- Jeanne RANDOLPH

Warning: Sheborgs/Cyberfems Rupture Image-Stream!

- Randy LEE CUTLER

Excerpt from Neuromancer

- William GIBSON

Neuromancer: the Uncanny as Decor

- Jeanne RANDOLPH

Japanimation and Techo-Orientalism

- Toshiya UENO, 上野俊哉

The Shock Projected onto the Other: Notes on Japanimation and Techno-Orientalism

- Toshiya UENO, 上野俊哉

Others in the Third Millennium

- Makiko HARA

Welcoming the Libido of the Technoids Who Haunt the Junkyard of the Techno-Orient or The Uncanny Experience of the Post-Techno-Orientalist Moment

- Masanori ODA, 小田マサノリ

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The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture