By Donna J. Haraway

Initially released: 1991

Simians, Cyborgs and ladies is a robust selection of ten essays written among 1978 and 1989. even supposing at the floor, simians, cyborgs and ladies could seem a wierd threesome, Haraway describes their profound hyperlink as "creatures" that have had an excellent destabilizing position in Western evolutionary know-how and biology. all through this publication, Haraway analyzes debts, narratives, and tales of the production of nature, dwelling organisms, and cyborgs. immediately a social fact and a technological know-how fiction, the cyborg--a hybrid of organism and machine--represents transgressed limitations and extreme fusions of the nature/culture cut up. by means of offering an break out from inflexible dualisms, the cyborg exists in a post-gender international, and as such holds giant probabilities for contemporary feminists. Haraway's contemporary publication, Primate Visions, has been referred to as "outstanding," "original," and "brilliant," by way of prime students within the box.

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Most existing critical work on the politics of postmodernism that attempts to take into account the multiple axes of identity along which power operates has been influenced by feminist thinking. 26 However, I have a specific, disciplinary reason for making gender the primary category shaping my approach: in studies of literary postmodernism, feminism is frequently absent. S. S. ” Postmodernism, in this construction, is implicitly white and male. The literary category postmodernism has thus tended to function as a means of bracketing the issue of otherness, of keeping what I have called the two types of otherness rigidly separate.

71 He adds a note to chapter 1 8/27/01 3:49 PM Page 53 1 / a politicized postmodernism 53 historical descriptions of the postmodern city that qualifies the pessimism of Jameson’s and Harvey’s visions, suggesting that the decline of the great urban centers of the modern era has allowed neglected, no-longer-useful parts of the city to nurture more than weeds. The city-as-concept (rather than accident or organic growth) arose as a means of strategic planning, aimed at containing troublesome elements.

Not surprisingly, both Jameson and Harvey direct a lot of attention to reading postmodern urban archi-texts. But so do a number of contemporary feminist writers whose approach I would deem feminist-postmodernist; for instance, images of the city figure prominently in the novels of both Acker and Carter. These various theorists’ readings of the city provide a very telling point of comparison. 56 Jameson himself is careful to warn that none of the texts he chooses to read should be taken as fully exemplary of postmodernism, but a certain air of the typical nevertheless manages to attach itself to the Bonaventure.

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