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Author Calvert, Bronwen, author.

Title Being bionic : the world of TV cyborgs / Bronwen Calvert.

Publication Info. London ; New York, NY : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2017.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 243 pages) : illustrations
Series Investigating cult TV
Investigating cult TV.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, filmography and index.
Summary "The cyborg - an organic body augmented with technology - is an enduring figure that can be found across science fiction stories, novels, films, and, more recently, television. What can its marked presence in cult TV shows tell us about the rapidly changing world we live in, and indeed about the human condition? This book explored how the image of the cyborg attracts our fears and fascinations. These bionic creations encourage us, as viewers, to think about our interactions with technology in an age of immediacy and surveillance, reassess our own corporeal experiences, and re-imagine gender binaries and racial differences. Chapters draw together cyborg theory and criticism from science fiction and television studies to analyse a variety a popular series. From Doctor Who to Stor Trek: Voyager, and Battlestar Galactica to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the cyborg appears as action hero, villain, or as a reflection of ourselves. Whether manifested in the Daleks, the Cylons, or the Borg, these figures are ideal sites to explore concepts such as replication, uniformly, performance, embodiment and virtuality, and the serial narratives of cult TV offer the ideal format to analyse changing cyborg representations over time. This book uses the televisual medium as a tool to understand a range of cybernetic characters, forming a notable event in a growing field that will delight scholars and fans of futuristic television alike."--Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: Troubled boundaries and transformative cyborgs -- Exterminate, upgrade: Doctor Who -- Resistance, assimilation and the collective: Star Trek: The Next Generation and Voyager -- Toasters and replicas: Battlestar Galactica -- 'Between life and death': Embodiment and virtuality in Caprica -- The cyborg as action hero: Bionic Woman -- Us and them: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles -- Hacking the system: Dollhouse -- Complete control: Fringe -- Conclusion: Cyborg futures.
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Subject Science fiction television programs -- History and criticism.
Cyborgs in popular culture.
Cyborgs in motion pictures.
Cyborgs in mass media.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Calvert, Bronwen. Being bionic. London ; New York, NY : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2017 9781784536480 1784536482 (OCoLC)972127089
ISBN 9781786721020 (electronic bk.)
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