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Part IV - Bodies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 August 2019

David Trippett
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University of Cambridge
Benjamin Walton
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University of Cambridge
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In her 1984 ‘Cyborg Manifesto’, Donna Haraway declared: ‘the relation between organism and machine has been a border war’ in Western science and politics – which for her primarily amounted to a racist, male-dominated capitalism, as embodied by the notion of technological progress. Her manifesto identified that ‘The stakes in the border war have been the territories of production, reproduction and imagination’, each of these zones representing its own contentious interface between organism and machine within American post-industrial society: the encroachment of robots in industrial production; the use of test tubes for reproducing the body; the ascendancy of sci-fi imagination in literature and film. And in each case the battles weren’t being won by humans. Haraway was instead confident of a machine victory, pushing her towards a notorious conclusion: we are cyborgs.

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  • Bodies
  • Edited by David Trippett, University of Cambridge, Benjamin Walton, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Nineteenth-Century Opera and the Scientific Imagination
  • Online publication: 07 August 2019
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  • Edited by David Trippett, University of Cambridge, Benjamin Walton, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Nineteenth-Century Opera and the Scientific Imagination
  • Online publication: 07 August 2019
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