syllabus by yaoyufang


									English 62, Women's Studies 46.2                                                Spring 2002

                                   Gender and Cyberculture

Week 1 (March 27, 29): Introduction

W    March 27: Mapping the Terrain

F    March 29: Cyberpunk

           William Gibson, "Johnny Mnemonic," "Burning Chrome" (reader)
           Pat Cadigan, "Rock On" (reader)

Week 2 (April 1-5): "Classics"

M    April 1: Cyberpunk, Cyberspace

            William Gibson, Neuromancer

            Benjamin Woolley, "Cyberspace"

W    April 3: Cyberpunk, Cyberspace II: Is the Body Meat?

             William Gibson, Neuromancer (cont)

            Thomas Foster, "Meat Puppets or Robopaths? Cyberpunk and the Question of
                    Embodiment." (Cybersexualities)
            Nicola Nixon, "Cyberpunk: Preparing the Ground for Revolution or Keeping the
                    Boys Satisfied?" (Cybersexualities)
            Mark Dery, "Black to the Future: Interviews with Samuel R. Delany, Greg Tate,
                    and Tricia Rose" (pp. 179-207)

            Michele Ierardi, "The Beautiful (Broken) Woman's Body: Neuromancer as a
                    Neo-Romantic Celebration of the Female body in Pain"

Th   April 4: Showing of Blade Runner

F    April 5: Tech-Noir: Neuromancer and Blade Runner

            Lecture by Mark Williams, Department of Film & Television Studies

           Mary Ann Doane, "Technophilia: Technology, Representation, and the
                  Feminine" (Cybersexualities)
Week 3 (April 8-12): Cyborgs/Bodies

M    April 8: Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-
                     Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century" (reader)
              Donna Haraway, "It Wasn't Born In a Garden, but It Certainly Was Born In a
                     History" (handout)

             James Tiptree, Jr., "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" (reader)

Tu   April 9: X-Hr. 1-2: Workshop on MOOs, etc.

W    April 10: Haraway and Tiptree (cont)

             Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, "Monster Culture (Seven Theses)"
             Jennifer Gonzalez, "Envisioning Cyborg Bodies: Notes from Current Research"
              Anne Balsamo, "Reading Cyborgs Writing Feminism" (Cybersexualities)

F    April 12: Diane Greco, Cyborg: Engineering the Body Electric (CD, Jones Media Center)

Week 4 (April 15-19): Hypertext/Bodies

M    April 15: Shelley Jackson, Patchwork Girl by Mary/Shelley & Herself (CD, Jones)

W    April 17: Shelley Jackson, "Stitch Bitch: the patchwork girl"
               Mark Amerika, "Stitch Bitch: The Hypertext Author as Cyborg-Femme"

              N. Katherine Hayles, "Flickering Connectivities in Shelley Jackson's Patchwork
                    Girl: The Importance of Media Specific Analysis"

F    April 19: Web-based Hyperfiction

           Mark Amerika, Grammatron (
           Jumpin' at the Diner and The Progressive Dinner Party, at Riding the Meridian

Week 5 (April 22-26): Virtual Identities: MUDs/MOOs, Etc.

M    April 22: Introduction to MUDs and MOOs

             Victor J. Vitanza, "MUDs/MOOs" (Introduction)
             Lori Kendall, "MUDder? I Hardly Know 'Er. Adventures of a Feminist MUDder"

W    April 24: Gender: Performative and/or Virtual

             Judith Butler, "Imitation and Gender Insubordination"
             Allucquere Roseanne Stone, "Will the Real Body Please Stand Up? Boundary
                     Stories and Virtual Cultures" ( Cybersexualities)
             Sherry Turkle, "Tinysex and Gender Trouble"
             Sherry Turkle, "Constructions and Reconstructions of the Self in Virtual Reality"

F    April 26: Lecture, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Department of Modern Culture and Media,
                     Brown University

Proposal for final project due by end of week; you should have met with me first.
Week 6 (April 29-May 3): Virtual Identities II

M    April 29: Virtually Gay, Lesbian, Queer


              Jennifer Egan, "Lonely Gay Teen Seeking Same"
              David F. Shaw, "Gay Men and Computer Communication: A Discourse of Sex
                      and Identity in Cyberspace"
              Shelley Correll, "The Ethnography of an Electronic Bar: The Lesbian Café"
              Tyler Curtain, "The 'Sinister Fruitiness' of Machines: Neuromancer, Internet
                      Sexuality, and the Turing Test"

W    May 1: Cyber-rape, Cyber-sex

              Julian Dibbel, "A Rape in Cyberspace (Or TINYSOCIETY, and How to Make One)"
              Shannon McRae, "Coming Apart at the Seams: Sex, Text and the Virtual Body"

F    May 3:    Virtual Race

           Lisa Nakamura, "Race In/For Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on
                  the Internet"
           David Silver, TBA

Week 7 (May 6-10): Virtual Fandom

M    May 6: Fandom, Fan sites, fanfic

              Henry Jenkins, "'Get a Life!': Fans, Poachers, Nomads"

W    May8: Fandom, Gender, and Sexuality

              Susan Clerc, "Estrogen Brigades and 'Big Tits' Threads: Media Fandom Online
                     and Off."
              Nancy K. Baym, "Introduction: Three Tales of One Community," in Tune In, Log On:
                     Soaps, Fandom, and Online Community

F    May 10: Slash: The Star Trek Phenomenon

           Constance Penley, "/TREK"

Week 8 (May 13-17): Computer Games

M    May 13: Overview: What's Out There?

W    May 15: Gender and Computer Games

              Justine Cassell and Henry Jenkins, "Chess for Girls? Feminism and Computer
                      Games" (From Barbie to Mortal Kombat)

F    May 17: Lara Croft vs Barbie vs Sissy Fight
Week 9 (May 20-24): Computer Games II / Animé

M   May 20: Games for Girls and Game Grrlz

           The Doll Games (

W   May 22: Alternative Visions


F   May 24: TBA

Week 10 (May 27-29): Virtual Presents and Futures

M   May 27: No Class

W   May 29: Where Are We Now?

Final Paper Due Friday, May 31

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