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Beck, Jodie

Works: 2 works in 3 publications in 1 language and 483 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  Academic theses 
Roles: Translator, Author
Classifications: PL874.H725, 895.635
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Most widely held works by Jodie Beck
Hybrid child : a novel by Mariko Ōhara( )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A classic of Japanese speculative fiction that blurs the line between consumption and creation when a cyborg assumes the form and spirit of a murdered child."--Publisher's description
Consumption, Control, and Maternal Fascism : a Critical Introduction to and Translation of Mariko Ōhara's Hybrid Child by Jodie Beck( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This dissertation is a critical introduction to and translation of Mariko Ōhara's novel, Hybrid Child (1990). Hybrid Child was written in Japanese between 1984 and 1990, at the height of Japan's bubble economy. During this period, high-tech consumer capitalism came to be intertwined with new types of social control through the technological "management" of all aspects of life. Hybrid Child is the story of a cyborg weapon called "Sample B #3" who develops an independent will and escapes from the military. Overlapping with the military's ensuing pursuit of its own out-of-control creation are several other story threads, including a rebellious daughter and her mother's relentless desire to contain her, a maternal "city computer" who simultaneously cares for and destroys the population, and a Military Priest who is progressing through his eight-hundred year lifespan in reverse. Hybrid Child presents an exploration from various angles of what its author, Mariko Ōhara, elsewhere calls "maternal fascism." "Fascism" is a loaded term, with connotations of social control in the context of mobilization for total or unending war; it is at odds with the generosity, selflessness, and nurturing care characteristic of idealized visions of the maternal in modern Japan. In Hybrid Child, maternal care is presented as continuous with regimes of social control, militarist mobilization, and techno-scientific domination. In Ōhara's novel, both maternal care and militarist domination imply common strategies of over-management (of individuals and/or populations) and spatial enclosure (of the beloved daughter, of the military threat). In my introduction to the novel, I examine the ways in which Hybrid Child dramatizes the intersections and overlaps between militarist and maternal regimes of control, in particular in the context of the kanri shakai ("managed society") and shōhi shakai ("consumer society") of 1980s Japan. Finally, I consider the ways in which the novel's emphasis on the corporeal invites us to consider gaps and possibilities from which to negotiate within or move beyond such regimes of control, into new conceptions of care."--
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Audience level: 0.30 (from 0.30 for Hybrid chi ... to 0.72 for Consumptio ...)

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