A cyborg genealogy: science fiction in the classics
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Mythographers of the cyborg often assume that this monstrous hybrid, part human and part machine, part being and part metaphor, has no significant history before `being spat out of the womb-brain of its war-besotted parents in the middle of the last century’ (Haraway 1997: 51). This lecture will trace the imaginative history of the cyborg all the way to the ninth century BCE, and map a cyborg genealogy back to the mythical monsters of classical Greece.