Science Fiction Film & Television

‘The machine is nothing without the woman’

Gender, humanity and the cyborg body in the original and reimagined Bionic Woman

Science Fiction Film & Television (2015), 8, (1), 53–74.

Abstract

This article analyses how gender and humanity are negotiated in relation to the figure of the cyborg woman in the television series The Bionic Woman and its remake, or re-imagination, Bionic Woman. It examines these cyborg women within a post-humanist framework, inspired by Donna Haraway's cyborg. It claims that both Bionic Woman series highlight the often-contradictory norms concerning gender and humanity and raise questions of control in human-non-human relations. The two series are also examined in the context of certain Western Euro-American understandings of humanity.

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Koistinen, Aino-Kaisa