Cyborg Astronaut: Disembodied Masculinity and the Imagination of Outer Space in Contemporary Science Fiction (last edited: 2019)

Eren İleri
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The cultural and societal significance of space exploration and the imagination of outer space has been the focus of many research efforts in recent years (Cockell, 2016; Dickens and Ormrod, 2016; Dick and Launius, 2007; Geppert, 2018; Llinares, 2011; Redfield, 2002). Notably in cultural- and science fiction studies, critical debates concerned with the history of the social and political aspects of space exploration and outer space travel are emerging. Similarly, in game, film and television studies, the role of outer space in science fiction has been a crucial element. However, particularly in the realm of the critical analysis of science fiction, the relationship between actual real-world space travel and its cultural imagination, critical posthumanist theory has been largely absent. Since the 1960’s, the representation of the astronaut characterizes a shift in cultural perception: While in 60’s the virile figure of the astronaut was closer to that of the airplane pilot, embodying values traditionally assigned to masculinity, such as courage, resilience, bodily strength and performance, later representations of the spacefarer often render the body as an obstacle for spaceflight, perhaps best exemplified by the idea of hibernation or “cryosleep”, a common trope (...)
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last modified08/12/2019
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affiliationAcademy of Fine Arts Vienna
copyrightEren Ileri 2019
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