Intro to Literary Study (2005)


11 Apr 2005
Stephenson, The Diamond Age

Pages 1-197. Cyberpunk Cyborg = cybernetic + organism (modified humans) Near future Urban setting No space aliens Dystopia Just as “The Ant and the Grasshopper” is not “about” insects, cyberpunk is not “about” robots or software it is --- “about” human beings. Neo-Victorians Page 72 Class “Equity Lords” = capitalists Technology Skull gun (metaphor – what’s in his head?) Nano mites battling (searching for book) New island – space and time meaningless What really matters is ideas (Middle Kingdom)