Kyborgit ja geneeriset oksymoronit. Koneen ja ruumiin niveltymiset William Gibsonilla

Cyborgs and generic oxymorons

The essay discusses the relationship between body and machine in William Gibson's cyberspace trilogy. The merging of the discourses deriving from the organic and technological worlds in Gibson's texts creates a discursive tension that can be characterised as oxymoronic undecidability. On the level of genre, these tensions are articulated between two world views, essentialism and culturalism. The central argument of the essay is that Gibson's texts cannot resolve the tensions articulated by his texts but, by forming generic hybrids, they problematise the Nature-Culture conflict traditional in the West and seek to find new signification practices to conceptualise the new social and cultural space in modernity.

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