CFP: [20th] Special Number on CYBERPUNK LITERATURE

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Dr. T. Ravichandran
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(Vol. 22, No. 1, January-June 2009)


Although there were early writers of “cyberpunk,” the term gained wide
literary currency since the publication of William Gibson’s Neuromancer in
1984. Linking “cybernetics” with “punk,” cyberpunk concerns with freaky and
wanton escapades that take place in the non-geographical virtual space
simulated and manipulated by use of computer and the Internet. It has its
shades of influence on even popular films ranging from Blade Runner, the
Terminator series to The Matrix Trilogy, and is now become a significant
(postmodern science fiction) genre to reckon with. Innocuously introducing
a hacker counterculture where silicon chips substitute drugs like LSD in
causing the ‘consensual hallucination,’ and by making black market bio-tech
firms open, where AI and clone-governed-corporations punctuate the real,
the cyberpunk writers raise issues related to the blurring of art and
literature with technology; the interface between man and machine;
ecological disasters vis-à-vis virtual Edenic dreams; (postmodern) ethics
and (post) human values. This special number of Creative Forum on
“Cyberpunk Literature” aims at examining the orbit of cyberpunk, from its
origin as well as point of departure from Science Fiction to its trajectory
through the postmodern, hyperreal, cyberspace, and its apparently dystopian
destination that deglamorises its scintillating movement.

Critical interpretations of cyberpunk by authors as William Gibson, Bruce
Sterling, Neal Stephenson, K. W. Jeter, and Rudy Rucker, and application of
postmodern theories (Jean Baudrillard, Donna Haraway, Michel Foucault,
Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, et al.) to study the hyperreal,
cybernetic condition, and identification of possible links with
anticipatory cyberpunk works as Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of
Electric Sheep and Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow are encouraged.

Possible topics of consideration may include, but are not restricted to:

· The cyberpunk as postmodern, post-apocalyptic science fiction
· New/Alter/Counter worlds of cyberpunk
· The ambiguous realms of cyberspaceâ€"Utopian escapes or dystopian disasters?
· Cyborgs and cybernetic cultural systems
· Cyberpunk Science Fiction as an imagination of the postindustrial
cultural moment
· Replacing of the traditional nation-state by multinational corporations
· The panoptic surveillance and cybernetic control
· Loss/Reclamation of individual identity in cyberspace
· The disappearance of human bodiesâ€"A cause for mourning or celebration?
· Razor women and construction of gender in cyberpunk
· The spiritualisation of cyberspace: Cyberspace as an attempt to construct
a technological substitute for Heaven (Margaret Wertheim)
· Ethics and human/post-human values in cyberpunk
· Professional ethics of cloning and medical transplant/implant technology
· Technological growth versus environmental degradation
· Ecocide (annihilation of ecological systems) and ecofeminist concerns
· Ecocriticism, urban landscape and cyberspace
· Arcology: the fusion of architecture with ecologyâ€"solutions or problems?
· The future course of cyberpunk: Will it continue to develop? Or has it
already ended in its commodified representations in Hollywood movies?
· Comparative studies on cyberpunk with films as Blade Runner, Hackers, The
Net, and Virtuosity

Articles pertaining to the topics mentioned above, or an equally relevant
area, not exceeding 7500 words in length prepared in accordance with the
MLA style may be emailed or sent to the editors/guest editor at their
contact addresses given below, not later than 31st June, 2008. An abstract
of 250 words may also be sent with the paper.

All papers submitted to Creative Forum - CF should be original, neither
having been previously published nor being considered elsewhere at the time
of submission

Guest Editor

Dr. T. Ravichandran
Associate Professor of English
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
IIT Kanpur, Kanpur 208016

Harpreet Kaur Bahri
Deepinder Singh Bahri
1749A/5, Govindpuri Extension
Kalkaji, New Delhi 110019

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