David de Kam | Eroticism and Androids. On the Dynamic of Eroticism in Relation to Androids in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Blade Runner (Masterclass)

Written by on October 5th, 2014 // Filed under 22.2 Queer Studies

Abstract

In more and more contemporary science-fiction films and novels
the difficulty experienced in attempting to distinguish human from machine has become the main problem facing humanity, endangering its survival, as the machines turn against their architects. In his article, Androids and Eroticism, De Kam attempts such a differentiation between android and human in the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick and Blade Runner (1982), directed by Ridley Scott, through an analysis of the characteristic human ability to experience erotic activity, proposing a new reading of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and supplying posthuman generations with a critical distinguishing feature between the animate and the inanimate.

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