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Incep Dates and Pleasure Models: Death, Life, and Love in Blade Runner

  • Rebecca Gibson
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Abstract

This chapter examines the first Blade Runner movie, Ridley Scott’s adaptation of the original novella (1982). In Blade Runner, Replicants become undetectable, undifferentiated visually, from humans. The newer models can pass the Voight-Kampff test—a test which distinguishes true emotional responses from implanted ones. This perfect mimicry is our next iteration of how we desire sex robots to behave, and it is desired well in advance of the possibility of building such bots. It is in this iteration of the story where two theoretical questions appear—that of the racialization of the characters, which is far more apparent in a visual media, and the humanity of death—that how being able to die, and the fear of it, humanize the movie’s Replicants.

Keywords

Blade Runner Death Race Gender roles Sex Replicants 

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  • Rebecca Gibson
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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