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Being Bionic: The World of TV Cyborgs

by Bronwen Calvert I.B.Tauris
Pub Date:
02/2017
ISBN:
9781784536480
Format:
Pbk 256 pages
Price:
AU$32.99 NZ$33.03
Product Status: In Stock Now
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Technologically-enhanced human bodies can be the stuff of dreams, but also of nightmares. The contradictions and complexities of the cyborg therefore hold particular appeal to programme makers of dramatic TV narratives.


 


Bronwen Calvert examines the uses and representations of the cyborg in this ground-breaking text, by looking at its frequent appearance in a wide variety of popular and cult shows: from the iconic Daleks of Doctor Who and bionic female empowerment in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to the duality of humanoid and distinctly robotic cyborgs in Battlestar Galactica. In doing so, she reveals how television's defining traits shape our experience of cyborgs and help us as viewers to question contemporary issues such as surveillance and terrorism, as well as the function of simulation and ultimately what it means to be human.   
Bronwen Calbert is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University in the North of England. Her research looks at embodiment in fantasy and science fiction narratives, with particular focus on cyberpunk fiction and the ‘cult’ TV action heroine.