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Gränser av hud, glänsande kroppar och längtan: En queer närspelning av Mass Effect 3
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay aims to examine how the synthetic non-human subjects, EDI and Legion, are constituted in terms of their bodies, gender, desire and emotion, in the gaming series Mass Effect. In a close-gaming method I also want to explore in which way the gamer can effect or even change the expressions of the body, gen­der, desire, and emotion made by the synthetic non-human subjects. In order to do this I use Judith Butlers and Sara Ahmeds queer theory, and Donna Haraways cyborg feminism. I concluded that EDI em­braces her embodiments and is given a highly sexualized female body, being more of a woman than a machine. While Legion is rather embracing disembodiment and is given a non sexualized, androgynous male body, be­ing more of a machine than a man. The gamer can decide whether EDI should have a romance with a human in the game or not, but the gamer cannot in the same way decide whether or not Legions and EDIs subject­ivity will be reco­gnized as human subjectivity or at least almost-human subjectivity. 

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2013. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Mass Effect, body, gender, desire, emotion, queer theory, cyber/cyborg feminism, legitimacy, non-human subjectivity, humanity, game studies, close-playing
Keyword [sv]
Mass Effect, kropp, genus, begär, känsla, queerteori, cyber/cyborgfeminism, legitimitet, icke-mänskliga subjekt, det mänskliga, spelforskning, närspelning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-19076OAI: diva2:626561
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Gender Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-06-10 Created: 2013-06-09 Last updated: 2013-06-10Bibliographically approved

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