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Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 15:33:49 -0400

thought readers of the SA Cyborg might be interested in this book. For more 
information please visit
Rethinking Women + Cyberculture
edited by Mary Flanagan and Austin Booth
Most writing on cyberculture is dominated by two almost mutually exclusive 
visions: the heroic image of the male outlaw hacker and the utopian myth of 
a gender-free cyberworld. Reload offers an alternative picture of 
cyberspace as a complex and contradictory place where there is oppression 
as well as liberation. It shows how cyberpunk's revolutionary claims 
conceal its ultimate conservatism on matters of class, gender, and race. 
The cyberfeminists writing here view cyberculture as a social experiment 
with an as-yet-unfulfilled potential to create new identities, 
relationships, and cultures.
The book brings together women's cyberfiction--fiction that explores the 
relationship between people and virtual technologies--and feminist 
theoretical and critical investigations of gender and technoculture. From a 
variety of viewpoints, the writers consider the effects of rapid and 
profound technological change on culture, in particular both the 
revolutionary and reactionary effects of cyberculture on women's lives. 
They also explore the feminist implications of the cyborg, a human-machine 
hybrid. The writers challenge the conceptual and institutional rifts 
between high and low culture, which are embedded in the texts and artifacts 
of cyberculture.
Mary Flanagan is Associate Professor of Media Design at the University of 
Oregon. Austin Booth is Director of Collections and Research Services at 
SUNY Buffalo.
Alison Adam, Austin Booth, Octavia Butler, Sharon Cumberland, Dianne 
Currier, Candas Jane Dorsey, Julie Doyle, Mary Flanagan, Thomas Foster, 
Heather Hicks, Veronica Hollinger, Shariann Lewitt, Anne McCaffrey, Laura 
J. Mixon, C. L. Moore, Lisa Nakamura, Kate O'Riordan, Catherine Ramírez, 
Mary Rosenblum, Melissa Scott, Theresa M. Senft, Jyanni Steffensen, Sarah 
Stein, Rajani Sudan, Sue Thomas, Amy Thompson, James Tiptree, Jr., 
Bernadette Wegenstein.
"The focus in this book on research and creative work by women is 
desperately needed in the largely male-dominated world of science fiction 
and cyberpunk. Reload provides resources not easily accessible elsewhere."
--N. Katherine Hayles, Professor of English, and Design and New Media, 
University of California, Los Angeles
7 x 9, 584 pp., 14 illus., paper ISBN 0-262-56150-6, cloth ISBN 0-262-06227-5
David Weininger
Associate Publicist
The MIT Press
5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
617 253 2079
617 253 1709 fax


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