Cyberpunk Short Fiction Criticism: Sexuality And Cyberpunk Fiction - Essay

Criticism: Sexuality And Cyberpunk Fiction

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Foster, Thomas. “‘Trapped by the Body’?: Telepresence Technologies and Transgendered Performance in Feminist and Lesbian Rewritings of Cyberpunk Fiction.” Modern Fiction Studies 43, no. 3 (fall 1997): 708-42.

[In the following essay, Foster analyzes the predominance of “themes of gender and sexual performativity or cross-identification in these narratives about cyberspace.”]

What we have in today's virtual-reality systems is the confluence of three very powerful enactment capabilities: sensory immersion, remote presence, and tele-operation.

—Brenda Laurel, Computers as Theatre

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