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Cyborg Writing February 19, 2009

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I think that the two readings we had for this week, Jackson’s Patchwork Girl and Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto, speak in an interesting conversation. Haraway says in the Manifesto- “Writing is pre-eminently the technology of cyborgs, etched surfaces of the late twentieth century. Cyborg politics is the struggle for language and the struggle against perfect communication, against the one code that translates all meaning perfectly, the central dogma of phallogocentrism,” and if anything Patchwork Girl is not a text that allows for easy navigation or translation. There cannot be one perfect explanation or way to read Patchwork Girl, which is probably what Shelly Jackson is trying to achieve through her hypertext novel.