Posthuman Identities: Cyborg Characters in Young Adult Fiction
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This thesis explores how humanist and posthuman ideas are reflected through the representations of relationships between human and cyborg characters in young adult dystopian fiction, and what role biotechnology plays in these narratives. By looking at the novels Tankborn (2011) and Partials (2012), the thesis has found that humanist and posthuman ideas are reflected in the way that the societies in the novels are structured by class, and how human and cyborg characters address each other. Human characters tries to utilize humanist definitions to justify their position as a superior being compared to the cyborgs, but as the characters begin to form relationships that transgress the social gap between them, this construction is challenged, and the characters begin to adopt posthuman ideas. Biotechnology functions as a wedge between human and cyborg characters, as it is the humans who controls the technology, and the cyborgs are a result of it. At the same time, biotechnology is used as a catalyst to drive the characters forward, as biotechnology is also the solution to the problems it has caused.
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