Gender resistance: interrogating the ‘punk’ in cyberpunk
2010 (English)In: Humanity in Cybernetic Environments / [ed] Daniel Riha, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press , 2010, 103-113 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
In this paper, I examine two cyberpunk texts to assess whether their apparentresistance to mainstream society includes resistance to gender stereotypes.Writing from a feminist perspective, I suggest that much of the disruptivepotential of this genre is derived from its integration of ‘punk’ as a discourseor practice of resistance to social ‘norms’. I focus on Candas Jane Dorsey’sshort story ‘(Learning About) Machine Sex’ and Neal Stephenson’s novelSnow Crash. I have deliberately chosen texts whose relationship with firstwavecyberpunk is complicated either by an explicitly feminist standpoint(Dorsey) or a generational distance (Stephenson), in order to assess whetherthese authors avoid or succumb to the same critiques levelled at earlycyberpunk about gender representation. I am concerned with who and whatthese texts are resisting, and how this resistance is performed. This line ofenquiry, however, also demands a closer examination of the positiveconnotations attached to ‘resistance’ in cyberpunk, and, consequently, to askwhose interests are not represented. To do this, I use the disruptiveassociations of ‘punk’ as a tool, looking not only at particular themes ofresistance within the text, but also how the authors’ innovative stylisticmanoeuvres resist genre conventions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press , 2010. 103-113 p.
Gender, Cyberpunk, Dorsey, Stephenson, Technology, Punk
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64132ISBN: 978-1-904710-71-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-64132DiVA: diva2:386946