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Cyberpunk at the Intersection of the Postmodern and Science Fiction
Virtual Geographies is the first detailed study to offer a working definition of cyberpunk within the postmodern force field. Cyberpunk emerges as a new generic cluster within science fiction, one that has spawned many offspring in such domains as film, music, and feminism. Its central features are its adherence to a version of virtual space and a deconstructivist, punk attitude towards (high) culture, modernity, the human body and technology, from computers to prosthetics. The main proponents of cyberpunk are analyzed in depth along with the virtual landscapes they have created - William Gibson’s Cyberspace, Pat Cadigan’s Mindscapes and Neal Stephenson’s Metaverse. Virtual reality is examined closely in all its aspects, from the characteristic narrative constructions employed to the esthetic implications of the ‘virtual sublime’ and its postmodern potential as a discursive mode. With its interdisciplinary approach Virtual Geographies opens up fresh perspectives for scholars interested in the interaction between popular culture and mainstream literature. At the same time, the science fiction fan will be taken beyond the conventional boundaries of the genre into such revitalizing domains as postmodern architecture and literature, and into cutting-edge aspects of science and social thought.

comparative cultural psychology can hardly do justice to the complexities of culture by either reducing culture as an independent, operationalisable variable to specific cultural conditions, or by extending it almost arbitrarily to global cultural groups based on methodological nationalism (for example

In: Emotions: History, Culture, Society

:3 ( 1998). <http ://muse .jhu/j oumals/ theory_ and_ event/v002/2 .3bove .html> Bowlin, John R. "Rorty and Aquinas on Courage and Contingency." Journal of Religion 77 (1997): 402-420. While he uses the example of courage in his analysis, Bowlin's aim in this essay is to point to a general weakness in

In: Richard Rorty