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The first cyborg and First World War bodies as anti-war propaganda

Macdonald, K. (2016) The first cyborg and First World War bodies as anti-war propaganda. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 9 (4). pp. 348-366. ISSN 1752-6272

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/17526272.2016.1185276


This article discusses a play published in The Strand Magazine during the First World War which features a cyborg presenting anti-war and pacifist messages, used by The Strand to create anti-German propaganda. The article draws on theories of disability, cyborgs and the posthuman, and from new research on wartime fiction magazines. The importance of the cyborg character, Soldier 241, for the literary history of science fiction is explored by focusing on the relations between the mechanical and the impaired body, and on the First World War as a nexus for technological, surgical and military development. As a cyborg, this character reflects politicized desires that the wartime authorities did not acknowledge: a longing for the end of war, and refusal to countenance a society that rejected the impaired body.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:68964
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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