The Feminine and Technology in Distance Cultures
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
PhD student, Comparative Literature, University of Alberta