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
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
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
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 ( http://www.grammatron.com)
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,
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
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
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 (http://www.ineradicablestain.com/dollgames/)
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