OpenCampus Tea-Time Talk - ‘The Contemporary Body’
Speaker: Gul Dag, PhD candidate in English Literature, University of Hull.
This talk focuses upon the selected works of three prominent authors: William Gibson, Rudy Rucker and George Alec Effinger, and considers the ways in which the body as project is depicted in their works. The perspectives offered by these writers in relation to corporeal and psychological fracture and ‘restoration’ exemplify one of the elemental concerns of the genre of Cyberpunk: the extent to which the boundary between the human and the machine can become distorted through the use of technology. This talk considers the depiction of (bio)technological advancements in these novels, with a critique of the extent to which such developments can result in their subjects becoming at once regarded as both more and less than human.
Gul Dag is a PhD candidate in the School of Arts at the University of Hull. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Hull and a BA(Hons) in English Literature and Sociology from the University of Brighton. Her PhD thesis focuses on representations of body modification in 1980s cyberpunk, and she has a particular interest in depictions of the body in revision, posthumanism, transhumanism and cyborgs. She co-organised ‘(Dis)Connected Forms: Narratives on the Fractured Self’, an international, interdisciplinary conference that took place at the University of Hull in September 2016. She has taught on various American literature modules in the School of Arts at the University of Hull including survey modules, women writers and post-9/11 literature. She currently works in the Research and Enterprise Office in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics at the University of Hull.
Free Admission - All welcome – Booking is required, please visit: http://libcal.hull.ac.uk/event/3302935