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Gender, Class and Transhumanism in Charles Stross' Novel Singularity Sky: An Intersectional Analysis of Post-Singularity Societies
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay was to analyze and discuss how gender and class are portrayed in the societies of Charles Stross’ Singularity Sky through the use of an intersectional perspective focusing heavily on gender and supported by a class perspective. The effects of the Singularity and the use of transhuman augmentations to transgress societal boundaries have been of special interest. Women who use transhuman augmentations to achieve intellectual power is portrayed as unnatural, whilst those enhance their physical prowess, and in essence conform to male role characteristics, do not receive the same treatment. Protagonist Rachel Mansour’s implants enable her to appropriate characteristics normally associated with males without forsaking female such, thereby transgressing gender boundaries. The Festival acts as an imperialist power, exploiting the weak Rochard’s World in order to satiate its hunger for information. On pre-Singularity Rochard’s World and in Critic society both, discrimination on the basis of gender and class are commonplace. The disadvantaged suffer a systematic inequality, as gender partiality results in a lower class status, which itself is seen as inferior.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, kön, klass, transhumanism, Science Fiction, postsingularitet
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-52904Local ID: 9fbeeefb-5a2a-40f6-a866-95926dcddab0OAI: diva2:1026276
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Education, master's level
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