CFP: Cyberpunk Literature
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CALL FOR PAPERS
A JOURNAL OF LITERARY & CRITICAL WRITING
(Vol. 22, No. 1, January-June 2009)
Special Number on CYBERPUNK LITERATURE
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-�-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 cyberspace�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 bodies�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 ecology�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.
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 Editors
Dr. T. Ravichandran Harpreet Kaur Bahri
Assistant Professor Deepinder Singh Bahri
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences C/o BAHRI PUBLICATIONS
IIT Kanpur, Kanpur 208016 1749A/5, Govindpuri Extension
E-mail: ravic4@... Kalkaji, New Delhi 110019
Dr. T. Ravichandran,
Assistant Professor of English,
652 Faculty Building,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur,
Kanpur 208 016,U. P., INDIA.
Phone: Office: 0512-2597871 Residence: 0512-2598456
Home Page: http://home.iitk.ac.in/~trc
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