[Announce] book announcement--Flanagan

David Weininger dgw at MIT.EDU
Tue Jul 23 08:56:53 EST 2002

I thought readers of the GRRLTALK List might be interested in this book.  For more information, please visit http://mitpress.mit.edu/0262062275/  Thank you!


Rethinking Women + Cyberculture
edited by Mary Flanagan and Austin Booth

Most writing on cyberculture is dominated by two almost mutually exclusive visions: the heroic image of the male outlaw hacker and the utopian myth of a gender-free cyberworld. Reload offers an alternative picture of cyberspace as a complex and contradictory place where there is oppression as well as liberation. The cyberfeminists writing here view cyberculture as a social experiment with an as-yet-unfulfilled potential to create new identities, relationships, and cultures.

The book brings together women's cyberfiction--fiction that explores the relationship between people and virtual technologies--and feminist theoretical and critical investigations of gender and technoculture. From a variety of viewpoints, the writers consider the effects of rapid and profound technological change on culture, in particular both the revolutionary and reactionary effects of cyberculture on women's lives. They also explore the feminist implications of the cyborg, a human-machine hybrid. The writers challenge the conceptual and institutional rifts between high and low culture, which are embedded in the texts and artifacts of cyberculture.

Mary Flanagan is Associate Professor of Media Design at the University of Oregon. Austin Booth is Director of Collections and Research Services at SUNY Buffalo.

Alison Adam, Austin Booth, Octavia Butler, Sharon Cumberland, Dianne Currier, Candas Jane Dorsey, Julie Doyle, Mary Flanagan, Thomas Foster, Heather Hicks, Veronica Hollinger, Shariann Lewitt, Anne McCaffrey, Laura J. Mixon, C. L. Moore, Lisa Nakamura, Kate O'Riordan, Catherine Ramírez, Mary Rosenblum, Melissa Scott, Theresa M. Senft, Jyanni Steffensen, Sarah Stein, Rajani Sudan, Sue Thomas, Amy Thompson, James Tiptree, Jr., Bernadette Wegenstein.

7 x 9, 584 pp., 14 illus., paper ISBN 0-262-56150-6, cloth ISBN 0-262-06227-5

David Weininger
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