Term of Award

Fall 2004

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Literature and Philosophy

Committee Chair

David Robinson

Committee Member 1

Marc Cyr

Committee Member 2

Janice Walker

Abstract

Millions of people enter cyberspace on some level daily. This new technology has infiltrated society rapidly since the first computers were networked. Interestingly, cyberpunk, a sub-genre of science fiction, depicted cyberspace many years before mainstream society had ever conceived of it. This thesis explores the changes in science fictional representations of cyberspace by examining William Gibson's Neuromancer and Neal Stephenson's Snow crash. In this work I contrast the metaphysical, found nature of the first cyberpunk representation of cyberspace with the homogenized, commodified reality of the last cyberpunk representation.

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