Why Childhood Ex Machina?

  • David W. KupfermanEmail author
  • Andrew Gibbons
Part of the Children: Global Posthumanist Perspectives and Materialist Theories book series (CGPPMT)


Given the plethora of examples from literature, film, and television, science fiction has long offered entry points for analyses of childhood ex machina. The study of childhood from the machine is a critical exercise in understanding not just how the machine constructs childhood but also how childhood from the machine constructs worlds, societies, lives, and relationships. Childhood from the machine churns out truths for worlds—childhoods are world-making truths. This chapter looks at various interpretations of science fiction as a genre, method, and lens through which to consider childhood, asks key questions that frame these analyses, and lays out the structure of the rest of this book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Minnesota State University MoorheadMoorheadUSA
  2. 2.Auckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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