These pages offer a reflection on male cyborg identities in the Japanese imaginary through the novels Kachikujin Yapoo (Yapoo, the Human Cattle, 1956) by Shōzō Numa, Nippon Apacchi Zoku (The Japanese Apache Tribe, 1964) by Komatsu Sakyō (1931-2011) and the film Tetsuo (Iron Man, 1989) by director Tsukamoto Shin’ya. Each of these works anticipates the search for transhuman and posthuman subjectivities in the Japanese sci-fi imaginary from the post-war period to the postmodern. This paper investigates how masochistic masculinity’s representation entails a reconfiguration of gender, ethnicity and sexuality categories encoded within the ideological constructions in the background of the works examined.

Corporeità postumane e mascolinità masochiste nel Giappone postbellico: bestiame umano, apache metallici e cyborg fallici.

Luca Capponcelli
2022-01-01

Abstract

These pages offer a reflection on male cyborg identities in the Japanese imaginary through the novels Kachikujin Yapoo (Yapoo, the Human Cattle, 1956) by Shōzō Numa, Nippon Apacchi Zoku (The Japanese Apache Tribe, 1964) by Komatsu Sakyō (1931-2011) and the film Tetsuo (Iron Man, 1989) by director Tsukamoto Shin’ya. Each of these works anticipates the search for transhuman and posthuman subjectivities in the Japanese sci-fi imaginary from the post-war period to the postmodern. This paper investigates how masochistic masculinity’s representation entails a reconfiguration of gender, ethnicity and sexuality categories encoded within the ideological constructions in the background of the works examined.
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Male masochism, Japanese Science Fiction, postwar Japan, posthuman Bodies, Cyborg.
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