Lindsey Dolich Felt '06 - Cyberpunk's Other Hackers: The Girls Who Were "Plugged In"Lindsey Dolich Felt '06 - Cyberpunk's Other Hackers: The Girls Who Were "Plugged In"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/260642Magill Philips Wing2014-03-25T16:30:002014-03-25T17:30:00
March 25,2014 4:30PM–5:30PM
Magill Philips Wing
Young Academic Alumni Lecture Sponsored by the Libraries, the English Department, and the Writing Program
Tuesday, March 25
Tea at 4:15 p.m.
Talk at 4:30 p.m.
Philips Wing, Magill Library
Best known for its imagination of cyberspace before the Internet came into existence, cyberpunk emerged in the early 1980s as a science fiction genre with a postmodernist literary style. The figure of the able-bodied male hacker became synonymous with cyberpunk, and helped spark a new cultural movement around the computer. Through a discussion of two short stories that helped shape the genre, this talk explores how female disabled characters in these narratives revise our understanding of cyberpunk and its relation to contemporary technoculture. These representations of “plugged in,” laboring bodies challenge cyberpunk fiction’s dominant account of disembodiment. The “differently-abled” girls who excel in these future economies also invite us to consider new paradigms of human-machine interaction.
Lindsey D. Felt ’06 is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Stanford University. She received her M.A. (2009) from Stanford in English and is currently completing her dissertation, provisionally titled “‘Plugging In’: Constructing the Posthuman Subject in Contemporary American Fiction and Media.”
Sponsored by the Libraries, the English Department, and the Writing Program.
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