This class will take a look at the films, manga, music, art, and books that compose the cyberpunk milieu. As a blend of what one critic described as "high tech and low life", this course does not start from the assumption that we can know, typologically, what cyberpunk is or how it 'works'; rather, our journey through the material will be guided, first, by our mutual enjoyment of the subject, and, only secondarily, by the desire to unpack what is at stake for both the figures we will look at and the milieu they compose. Authors we will consider include Philip K. Dick, Hideaki Anno, J. G. Ballard, Ryutaro Nakamura (who did Lain), William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Donna J. Haraway, Katsuhiro Otomo (he did Akira), Bruce Sterling, Ursula Le Guin, and Rudy Rucker to only name a few.
Topics relevant to the course will include:
Post-industrial Dystopias, Apocalypticism, punk-ism(?), Smart Drugs, Body Modification, Post-modernism(s), Technology/ the web/ the net/cyberspace/infosphere…., Cybersex, Nihilism, Mega-corporations, Constructions of gender, postcyberpunk/biopunk/sandalpunk/steampunk/cypherpunk …, and zines.
Method/Procedures: shared inquiry, close readings
Schedule: beginning-middle of March
Teacher: Christian Greer
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