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Undeclared Gender: Embodying Systems of Gender Beyond The Binary In JY Yang’s Tensorate Series

JY Yang’s Tensorate novellas, comprising The Black Tides of Heaven (2017), The Red Threads of Fortune (2017) and The Descent of Monsters (2018), explore a world with a very different attitude towards concepts of gender. Featuring a diverse cast of characters of a variety of different genders, the series takes a fundamentally intersectional approach to …

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Visualising Video Palace: The Sound of Monstrosity

The podcast Video Palace is an intriguing text through which to examine monstrous embodiment, as the presence, texture, and appearance of its monsters is reconceptualised through sound alone.  This paper will demonstrate how Video Palace uses what could be considered “bad” noise, such as distortion, glitches, and interference, to assist the audience in their visualisation …

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Defamiliarizing embodiment: Strategies for the representation of disembodied characters in film

Our inter-subjective experiences rely on the premise of an embodied subject. Most filmic conventions follow this premise, and convey information to an embodied spectator (through visual and aural stimuli), and present characters who are also embodied. This creates a para-subjective and para-social relationship between embodied subjects. But what happens when the character does not possess …

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‘Machine imitation’ of ‘real life’: The effect of human obsolescence on the individual self

1950s America saw a rise in technologies such as television that not only increased the role of machines in people’s lives but encouraged the mechanisation of certain aspects of society. The minimisation of the human in the workforce due to robots and automated devices led to increased tension in the 1950s by suggesting the obsolescence …

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“As if I was already only a machine”: Posthumanism and the politics of techno-desire and fantasy in Ken Liu’s ‘Good Hunting’

Drawing on Deepika Bahri’s notion of the “reincarnative politics” of the so-called civilising mission of imperial colonialism, I will explore the redemptive anti-capital narrative in the evolution of the sexualised machine-woman from the hulijing, a fox-woman animal spirit, in Ken Liu’s acclaimed short story ‘Good Hunting.’ Yan, the hulijing, becomes trapped in her human body …

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‘Thresholds of Becoming’: the Hybrid Body in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction

This paper explores the work of what has been called the ‘Torn Generation’ of contemporary Chinese science fiction authors, through the lens of Jerome Jeffrey Cohen’s ‘Monster Theory’ (1997) and the figure of the cyborg. Monsters, argues Cohen, are good to think with, because they are ‘cultural bodies’, and because they escape from categories; existing …

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Embodying the Neoliberal Hybridity: Migrant Workers and the Female Cyborg in Chen Qiufan’s The Waste Tide

This paper will engage with Chinese science fiction (sf) writer Chen Qiufan’s (b.1981) award-winning novel The Waste Tide (2013) regarding the embodiment in the protagonist Mimi of China’s neoliberal social and cultural shifts since the 1990s. While witnessing a wide array of market-driven and neoliberal policies brought forward by the nation-wide privatisation, Chinese people are …