Donna Haraway's work has transformed the fields of cyberculture, feminist studies, and the history of science and technology. Her subjects range from animal dioramas in the American Museum of Natural History to research in transgenic mice, from gender in the laboratory to the nature of the cyborg. Trained as an historian of science, she has produced a series of books and essays that have become essential reading in cultural studies, gender studies, and the history of science. The Haraway Reader brings together a generous selection of Donna Haraway's work. Included is her "Manifesto for Cyborgs," in which she famously wrote that she "would rather be a cyborg than a goddess." Other selections are taken from her three major works, Primate Visions, Modest Witness , and Simians, Cyborgs and Women , as well as some of her more recent writing on animals. For readers in cultural studies, feminist theory, science studies, and cyberculture, Donna Haraway is one of our keenest observers of nature, science, and the social world. This volume is the best introduction to her thought.
Haraway (history of consciousness, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz; Primate Visions) is considered a leading feminist science theorist. All the essays included in this collection are drawn from her previously published work, dating from the mid-1980s ("A Manifesto for Cyborgs") to the present ("Cyborgs to Companion Species: Reconfiguring Kinship in Technoscience"), and serve to help readers understand her enormous contribution to the fields of feminist studies and the history of science and technology. As Haraway explains in the introduction, "All insist that science and feminism, anti-racism and science studies, biology and cultural theory, fiction and fact closely cohabit and should do so." The average reader will find these essays challenging. Haraway's ideas are complicated, and she does not seem interested in simplifying her arguments for the sake of broadening their appeal; the vocabulary is exotic and the sentences deliberately structured to contain many layers of meaning. On the other hand, these intriguing essays will enhance any reader's understanding of feminist technoscience studies and will be welcomed in academic libraries.-Kathryn R. Bartelt, Univ. of Evansville Libs., IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.