Obsession: Dysmorphia and Disfigurement: Machine-Body Transgression from Blade Runner to Ghost in the Shell
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
Dr Gordon Reynolds
Assistant Professor of English, Department of Languages and Literature, Ferris State University