This volume offers an insight into a selection of current issues of embodiment and other related aspects, such as identity, gender, disability, or sexuality, discussed on the basis of examples from contemporary culture and social life. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s concept of the cyborg as a transgressor of boundaries, the book examines fluidity of post-human bodies – from cyber relations to others and to self, enabled by the latest technologies, through fragmented, prostheticised, monstrous or augmented body of popular culture and lifestyles, to the dis/utopian fantasies offered by literary texts – showing how difficult it still is in current culture to let go of the stable boundaries towards the post-gender world Haraway imagines.
Contributors are Dawn Wooley, Anna Pilińska, Barbara Braid, Jana Reynolds, Julio Ernesto Guerrero Mondaca, Ana Gabriela Magallanes Rodríguez, Katharina Vester, Wojciech Śmieja and Hanan Muzaffar.
Dr. Hanan Muzaffar is Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Kuwait. She received her PhD from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Her most recent publication is a feminist reading of Djuna Barnes and Margaret Atwood, published in 2011.
Dr. Barbara Braid is Assistant Professor at the English Institute of Szczecin University. She received her PhD from Opole University in 2017. Her academic interests include neo-Victorian and gothic fictions and adaptations. Her recent publications include the edited volume Gender under Construction (Brill, 2018).
Students and scholars in the fields of English studies, Art, Fashion, Literature, Popular Culture, and in particular those interested in the concepts of gender, sexuality and posthumanism.