The Literature Review

The Town of the Talk

The focus of my digital artefact is to explore and evaluate the technologies within superhero filmography in relation to the cyborg. Haraway defines the cyborg as a ‘cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality’, which is a major aspect of superhero technologies (2000, p. 291). After watching Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Flash, Cyborg and countless other Marvel and DC superheroes, the ramifications of technology is a main aspect of the “super”. Essentially, I intend to examine the possibility of these superheroes to exist in our contemporary society.

Scott Jeffery examines the notion of transhumanism in his book The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics, wherein he defines the term transhumanism as the ‘philosophy and practice of human enhancement…which calls for the active use of science and technology to improve the cognitive and physical abilities of human beings’ (2016, p. 2). This is…

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