Becoming cyborg, becoming myth
Simons, Rachel Noelle
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This thesis examines the inherent link between the sociopolitics of “identity” construction and the realm of the “cultural imaginary,” as represented by “cultural” constructions such as myth and literature. This “link” is shown to be a paradoxical cycle of mutual validation in which myth is used as a vital tool in the construction of oppressive social hierarchies, while these same hierarchies decide the cultural definition of “myth.” Using a critical analysis of several books and films and supported by several key works of theory, the thesis then deconstructs the functioning of this cycle: the definition of a “dominant identity” requires clear borders between that identity and the “other” or “abject” of the social hierarchy, a definition necessarily found in cultural myth. Finally, the “hybrid” or “cyborg” myth is proposed as the only viable alternative for breaking this oppressive cycle of dualistic, “subject-abject” identity construction within contemporary society.
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