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Author H-W Shih(¬I¥°±L)
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Department English
Year 2000
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document Master's Thesis
Language zh-TW.Big5 Chinese
Title Desire for Technology: Rereading Science Fiction and Beyond
Date of Defense 2001-07-20
Page Count 97
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  • Abstract Grounded in the French (postmodern high-tech social) thinker Jean
    Baudrillard¡¦s theory of simulacra, my thesis focuses on the concept of the ¡§desire for
    technology¡¨ to seek for an overall understanding of the relationship between
    technology and human desire, based on critical readings of science fictions and
    related materials. The slogan of Nokia¡¦s commercial, ¡§Technology always comes with
    human desire,¡¨ is a starting point that never fails to bring out conflicting
    interpretations of the human face of ¡§technology¡¨ at some conferences in Taiwan.
    Issues associated with technology and humanity are, therefore, highlighted in
    academia. Based on a ¡§here-and-now¡¨ perspective, Baudrillard points out the three
    orders of simulacra that rethink the conception of ¡§reality¡¨ and the objectiveness of
    science in history. He classifies simulacra into three orders from the Renaissance
    through the industrial revolution to the postmodern era. The dominant schemes in the
    three orders are respectively counterfeit, production, and simulation. Similarly, my
    study also focuses on the three stages to examine the procession of science fiction (SF)
    and its earlier and later personifications, including the beginning, the developing, and
    the culminating stages. All in all, fantasy literature (e.g., Ovid¡¦s Metamorphoses)
    belongs to the beginning stage. Science fiction (e.g., Mary Shelley¡¦s Frankenstein)
    belongs to the developing one. Lastly, technological theory belongs to the culminating
    stage, namely, the expansion of traditional SF. Among the three stages, a Promethean
    rebellion against God¡¦s will, especially derived from Frankenstein, will announce the
    death of Nature, disclose potential disasters in technology, and further stimulate us to
    construct a human-centered technological utopia.
    Table of Content English Abstract vi
    Chinese Abstract vii
    Acknowledgments viii
    Introduction 1
    Chapter One: When Desire Meets Technology: From Jean Baudrillard¡¦s ¡§The
    Orders of Simulacra¡¨ to Science Fiction 10
    I. Three Orders of Simulacra 12
    II. Critiques of Baudrillard¡¦s Simulacra Theory 20
    Notes 26
    Chapter Two: A Trilogy of Desire for Technology in Frankenstein: From Fantasy
    Literature through Science Fiction to Technological Theory 28
    I. Fantasy Literature in Terms of the First Order of Simulacra:
    Technological Desire in Ovid¡¦s Metamorphoses 36
    II. Science Fiction in Terms of the Second Order of Simulacra:
    Technological Ambivalence in Mary Shelley¡¦s Frankenstein 44
    III. Technological Theory in Terms of the Third Order of Simulacra:
    Technological Practice in the Post-Industrial Society 65
    IV. Conclusion 74
    Notes 76
    Conclusion 79
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