The Feminine and Technology in Distance Cultures

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The paper will outline an aspect of global dynamics - reinterpretation of the Western tradition in local cultures. I will do comparative analysis of representation of the feminine and technology in distance cultures. Donna Haraway’s essay “A Cyborg Manifesto” and Marina and Sergiy Dyachenko’s science fictional with elements of fantasy novel The Wild Energy. Lana will help to interpret differences in Western and Eastern European world perception and interpretation. In the Western science fiction, technology and the masculine are usual attributes of power; while the feminine is found out of this alliance. Haraway follows such tendency: the author subordinates feminine cyborg to technology. According to McLuhan, vocal cultures privilege freedom of temperamental expressions; therefore, matriarchy and patriarchy mark vocal and visual cultures correspondingly. Historically, oral tradition and visual culture (phonetic writing, print and electronic media) co-existed for centuries in Ukraine. I will show how the novel connects technology and power, a concept borrowed from the Western tradition. The paper will discuss how the Dyachenkos reinterpret the Western pattern while showing matriarchal elements and endowing the feminine with technology and power.


Keywords: The Feminine, Technology, The Western Tradition, Local Cultures
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Feminine and Technology in Distant Cultures, The


Oksana Cheypesh

PhD student, Comparative Literature, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Oksana Cheypesh is a PhD student of the Department of Comparative Literature in the University of Alberta. Her research interests include cultural and psychological aspects of globalisation, technology studies, and new areas of web-design and usability. She has degrees in Humanities Computing, Literature and Linguistics, History, and Psychology.

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