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Posthumanism in Young Adult FictionFinding Humanity in a Posthuman World$
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Anita Tarr and Donna R. White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816696

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.001.0001

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Once upon a Cyborg

Once upon a Cyborg

Cinder as Posthuman Fairytale

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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction

Angela S. Insenga

University Press of Mississippi

Angela Insenga investigates how Marissa Meyer retells the story of Cinderella as a victim of the ideological battle between transhumanists (pushing technological advancement) and bio-conservatives (expressing posthumanist anxiety). Always and still a story of embodiment, Cinderella here is a cyborg who confronts multiple subjectivities as she learns more of her history and contemplates her future. Cinder learns to appreciate her “loosely coupled entities” of human, mechanic, young woman, cyborg, Prince Kai’s love interest, Lunar princess, revolutionary, and savior of humankind against the Letumosis pandemic—thus breaking down anthropocentric binaries that separate human and nonhuman, organic and inorganic. Cinder, as cyborg, is the new human, the posthuman.

Keywords:   Marissa Meyer, Cinder, Embodiment, Cyborg, Technological enhancement

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