William Gibson | Critical Essay by Claire Sponsler

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of William Gibson.
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Critical Essay by Claire Sponsler

SOURCE: Sponsler, Claire. “Cyberpunk and the Dilemmas of Postmodern Narrative: The Example of William Gibson.” Contemporary Literature 33, no. 4 (winter 1992): 625-44.

In the following essay, Sponsler considers the interface of postmodernism and narrative in Gibson's cyberpunk fiction.

In recent years science fiction has with some success struggled against its ghettoization as lowbrow genre fiction. Readers and critics have defended science fiction as having not only a tradition of its own but also considerable overlap with modernist and postmodernist literature. Simultaneously, theorists like Fredric Jameson, Jean Baudrillard, and Donna Haraway have turned to SF as, in Annette Kuhn's words, “a privileged cultural site for enactments of the postmodern condition” (178). Indeed, for many cultural critics, SF has become the pre-eminent literary genre of the postmodern era, since it alone seems capable of understanding the rapid...

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