The Dream of a Cyberpunk Future? Entelechy, Dialectical Tension, and the Comic Corrective in William Gibson's Neuromancer

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Title
The Dream of a Cyberpunk Future? Entelechy, Dialectical Tension, and the Comic Corrective in William Gibson's Neuromancer
Description
DOI: 10.1080/1041794x.2010.500342
Creator
Renegar, Valerie R.
Dionisopoulos, George N.
Date
2018-02-26
Date Available
2018-02-26
Date Issued
2011
Identifier
Renegar, V. R., & Dionisopoulos, G. N. (September 01, 2011). The Dream of a Cyberpunk Future? Entelechy, Dialectical Tension, and the Comic Corrective in William Gibson's Neuromancer. Southern Communication Journal, 76, 4, 323-341.
uri
https://collections.southwestern.edu/s/suscholar/item/490
Abstract
We argue the comic frame, as described by Kenneth Burke, can serve as a vehicle for critical self-reflection and social critique. William Gibson's Neuromancer is a work of cyberpunk science fiction that details a future that closely resembles the present. The book exemplifies this process of encouraging self-reflection because it calls the trends of the present into question by imagining what kind of future they will construct. Gibson's future is simultaneously exciting and devastating. The dialectical tension between these oppositional ideas opens up a discursive space for audiences to begin the process of critical self-reflection about the technological trends of contemporary society. Gibson rhetorically constructs this tension through incongruity, irony, and casuistic stretching, thus fostering a corrective perspective.
Publisher
Southern Communication Journal
Subject
The comic perspective
Entelechy
Dialectical tension
William Gibson and Neuromancer
Type
Article