Expanding the Horizons: Ghost in the Shell

Jyotsna Singh

This week I continued my autoethnographic reflection on Ghost in the Shell. Last week I examined the representation of Motoko as a female cyborg character in the film. This week, I did examined further literary analysis in this area.

As I mentioned last week, I was surprised by the portrayal of the protagonist by a female character. Due to cultural gender stereotypes, it is usually rare to depict and perceive a female character as a hero. Yet the film clearly challenged my assumptions as it appeared to subvert the power dynamics inherent in dominant structures of gender and sexual difference. Such representations seem to step from the genre of Cyberpunk fiction. As Nicole Atkings (2015, p.1) writes ‘it has been known to herald itself as a genre that obliterates traditional stereoptypes and gender roles’, thereby liberating female characters. Thus it seems by creating a cyborg that is a strong and…

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