“You Must Be an Android”: The Persistence of Humanist Hierarchies in Posthumanist Science Fiction
Date of Award
Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies
Bridgewater State University
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of
Master of Arts
Masters of Arts in English
This thesis examines science fiction dystopias in which the vestiges of humanist philosophy taint the construction of posthuman subjects. With a grounding in the tenets of both humanist and posthumanist philosophy, I analyze eight works of science fiction that depict artificial intelligence, cyborgs, and body swapping to determine the common critiques made. The source of the troubling aspects of these imagined futures doesn’t derive strictly from the presence of advanced, posthumanist technologies. Instead, the authors shine a light on the monstrosity that results when technological posthumanism comes to fruition while their imagined future societies remain grounded in humanist hierarchies, including that of class, gender, and race.
Dr. Kimberly Davis, Chair
Dr. Matt Bell, Member
Prof. Bruce Machart, Member
Brady, Elizabeth. (2021). “You Must Be an Android”: The Persistence of Humanist Hierarchies in Posthumanist Science Fiction. In BSU Master’s Theses and Projects. Item 79.
Available at https://vc.bridgew.edu/theses/79
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