"We Require Regeneration Not Rebirth": Cyborg Regeneration in Feminist Science and Speculative Fiction [article]

Michelle Hulan, University, My, University, My
2019
This thesis examines a recent trend in contemporary science and speculative fiction to produce new and/or alternative iterations of reproduction that are not limited by biology, gender, or species. Through Donna Haraway's notion of "cyborg regeneration" and recent critical and theoretical revisionings of this concept, I investigate this trend in three key texts: Jeanette Winterson's The Stone Gods, Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber, and Larissa Lai's long poem "rachel" from her book of poetry
more » ... r book of poetry Automaton Biographies. Each of these authors offers representations of reproduction that counter gender stereotypes and essentialism and produce new cyborg maternal or explicitly non-maternal figures unbound to patriarchal models of repronormativity and colonialist constructions of the mother. By portraying these nonunitary maternal figures and/or non-reproductive bodies, I argue that these sf texts present new forms of procreation that further feminist conversations about gender, the body, the limits of the human, future populations, and desire.
doi:10.20381/ruor-23329 fatcat:ivyn6fclyjb3hn6ecckpsguw54