Being Bionic: The World Of Tv Cyborgs by Bronwen CalvertBeing Bionic: The World Of Tv Cyborgs by Bronwen Calvert

Being Bionic: The World Of Tv Cyborgs

byBronwen Calvert

Paperback | April 30, 2017

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Technologically-enhanced human bodies can be the stuff of dreams, but also of nightmares. The contradictions and complexities of the cyborg therefore hold particular appeal to programme makers of dramatic TV narratives. Bronwen Calvert examines the uses and representations of the cyborg in this ground-breaking text, by looking at its frequent appearance in a wide variety of popular and cult shows: from the iconic Daleks of Doctor Who and bionic female empowerment in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to the duality of humanoid and distinctly robotic cyborgs in Battlestar Galactica. In doing so, she reveals how television's defining traits shape our experience of cyborgs and help us as viewers to question contemporary issues such as surveillance and terrorism, as well as the function of simulation and ultimately what it means to be human.
Bronwen Calvert is Associate Lecturer at the Open University in the North of England.
Title:Being Bionic: The World Of Tv CyborgsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 30, 2017Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1784536482

ISBN - 13:9781784536480

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Calvert's Being Bionic offers a much needed critique of the cyborg in contemporary science fiction television. Using both new and classic examples - from series such as Star Trek and Doctor Who, to Dollhouse and Fringe - Calvert convincingly argues that television allows for important and unique commentaries on the cyborg as cultural metaphor. More than film now, the television cyborg is omnipresent, and routinely questions what it means to be human and our relationship with technology. Assimilate this book and enjoy!