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Deleuze and Baudrillard

From Cyberpunk to Biopunk

Sean McQueen

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Rewrites and re-envisions Deleuze’s and Baudrillard’s relationships with Marxism and each other, from their breakdowns to their breakthroughs

Sean McQueen theorises shifts in and across critical approaches to capitalism, science, technology, psychoanalysis, literature and cinema and media studies. He also brings renewed Marxian readings to cyberpunk texts previously theorised by Deleuze and Baudrillard, and places them at the heart of the emergence of biopunk and its relation to biocapitalism by mapping their generic, technoscientific, libidinal and economic exchanges.

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List of Abbreviations
List of Figures
Control: 1. Viddy and Slooshy
2. Chronic S(t)imulation
3. Seducing-Machines
4. Remote-Control Society
Contagion: 5. Biocapitalism and Schizophrenia
6. Matter in Revolt
7. Durable Consumers
8. Organic (De)Composition of Biocapital
9. Viral Capitalism

About the Author

Sean McQueen teaches in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. He has published in a range of journals including Colloquy, Science Fiction Film and Television, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Science Fiction Studies and Res Futurae.


By the time the world discovered cyberpunk, the fiction of neo-liberal globalisation, it was already a mouldering corpse, mere mulch for the becoming-biopunk. McQueen’s volume offers a Marxian science fiction theory fit for the dark times of the biocapitalist imaginary. It rescues Baudrillard and renews Deleuze. It is a dazzling accomplishment.

- Mark Bould, University of the West of England

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