Download e-book for kindle: Beyond the Cyborg: Adventures with Donna Haraway by Margret Grebowicz

By Margret Grebowicz

Feminist theorist and thinker Donna Haraway has considerably impacted inspiration on technology, cyberculture, the surroundings, animals, and social relatives. This long-overdue quantity explores her impression on feminist idea and philosophy, paying specific consciousness to her newer paintings on better half species, instead of her "Manifesto for Cyborgs."

Margret Grebowicz and Helen Merrick argue that the continuing fascination with, and re-production of, the cyborg has overshadowed Haraway's wide physique of labor in ways in which run counter to her personal transdisciplinary practices. Sparked via their very own own "adventures" with Haraway's paintings, the authors supply readings of her texts framed by way of a chain of theoretical and political views: feminist materialism, perspective epistemology, radical democratic idea, queer idea, or even technological know-how fiction. They situate Haraway's serious storytelling and "risky interpreting" practices as varieties of feminist technique and realize her passionate engagement with "naturecultures" because the theoretical center using her paintings. Chapters situate Haraway as critic, theorist, biologist, feminist, historian, and stand-up comedian, exploring the total variety of her identities and reflecting her dedication to embodying all of those modes simultaneously.

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But, clearly, this collapsing of desire into nature is not where most feminists will wish to end up. What kind of account of agency is available in a post-Enlightenment world in which we have abandoned human exceptionalism, where we take evolutionary biology seriously but no longer conflate nature with programming? Surprisingly, it is Derrida’s work on the animal that offers a position closer to Haraway’s because both take seriously the idea of the animal as sexual agent. For Derrida, sexuality is precisely the site of the human-animal difference where both humans and animals are denaturalized.

In such a move, even if the politically motivated human has the “best interests” of the forest/jungle/animal at heart, they refuse these others’ agency such that “the only actor left is the spokesperson, the one who represents” (Haraway 2004:88). Even more troublesome is that this spokesperson, this sole and singular actor, is historically likely to be a scientist who, within the “myth of modernity,” is seen as “the perfect representative of nature” (Haraway 2004:88). In order to co-construct nature, nonproductivist modes of relating between human and nonhuman that are expressed as articulations, relationality, and respect are necessary.

Has effectively opened up kinship outside the family, opened it to strangers” (Butler 2004). Indeed, queering stands in a particular relation to the production of the human itself (just as Haraway’s queered nature does). ” The public assertion of homosexuality “calls into question what counts as reality and what counts as human life” (Butler 2004:29–30). There is, coincidentally, another Butler whose work interrogates the human and the intelligibility of the social world in its reimagining of kinship.

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