Obsession: Dysmorphia and Disfigurement: Machine-Body Transgression from Blade Runner to Ghost in the Shell

Dr Gordon Reynolds
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The term 'cyborg' is a pormanteau of 'cybernetic organism,' and has served for some time as a general trope within science fiction novels and films. The term 'cyborg' is however a symbolic violation of the sanctity that exists between the organic and the inorganic, the natural and the manmade, the body and the machine. This presentation will explore the evolution and implications of machine-body transgression as it occurs in films ranging from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner to Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell with an emphasis on the changing nature of the machine/body dichotomy and the evolution of its function as a trope in science fiction.

Keywords: Film, Theory, Science Fiction, Literature, Transgressivism
Stream: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Obsession: Dysmorphia and Disfigurement

Dr Gordon Reynolds

Assistant Professor of English, Department of Languages and Literature, Ferris State University

Gordon Reynolds holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He currently teaches writing and literature at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, USA. He is a published fiction writer and maintains scholarly interests in literature on film, world novels in English, and narrative theory. In 2003-04, he lived in Sousse Tunisia, writing and teaching at the Faculté des Lettres supported by a Fulbrigh Scholar Grant from the U.S. Department of State. He has two children, is writing a novel, and is at work researching an article on David Cronenberg's adaptation of J. G. Ballard's novel "Crash."

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