Problematizing the Cyborg Body

Patrick Nagle '10, English 65, The Cyborg Self, Brown University (Fall 2006)

Texts that grapple with cyborg identity rightly place an emphasis on the body. The cyborg is defined by its body's inability to be categorized easily as "human" or "machine." Cyborg texts construct certain aspects of these bodies that are by turns problematic and progressive. In particular, the treatment of gender, race, and the human/machine distinction within these works both embodies regressive schemata (such as bodily [Bodies Left Behind]) and opens new liberatory spaces.

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