Cyborg Manifesto study guide

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“Cyborg Manifesto” study guide Vocabulary terms: cybernetics : “the science of communication and control theory”; it often focuses on comparing an “automatic control system,” such as “the nervous system and brain,” with that of “mechanical-electrical communication systems” (from The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary , 11 th edition 310) irony : Haraway refers to irony a lot in terms of the cyborg. She likes the idea of irony, because irony usually involves some kind of double speaking, and she links the cyborg to the idea of speaking and thinking in multiple ways at once. Abrams’s Glossary of Literary Terms and the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms list two types of irony: verbal irony and situational irony . In verbal irony , “the speaker’s [implied] meaning” is different from the literal meaning (Abrams 91). For instance, you exclaim, sarcastically, “Oh great!” when your car won’t start. Literally, this “great” means things are very good. But really, you’re saying the opposite—the car breaking down is terrible. In structural or situational irony ( Abrams 92; Penguin 460), a character makes a statement that the audience knows won’t work out, or has another, more sinister meaning. For example, a character goes walking with another character, and tells him, “I won’t die of a cough.” The innocent first character doesn’t know, but the audience does know, that his companion is in fact about to kill him. This creates
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