Nano-punk and Nanotechnology Genre in Literature: A Scientific and Cultural Analysis of Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age

Tawhida Akhter (1)
(1) College of Sciences and Arts Sajir, Shaqra University. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , Saudi Arabia

Abstract

Technology and society have been interconnected since the dawn of civilization. Literature has always served as an active medium to represent the interaction between these two fields. Fiction often utilizes technology as a backdrop for exploring societal conflicts. Science fiction, in particular, frequently depicts the complex interactions between technology and civilization. Nanopunk emerges as a significant genre within the realm of fiction, wherein the potential advantages and drawbacks of nanotechnology are explored within the imaginative landscapes of nanopunk narratives. This subgenre, a derivative of cyberpunk or biopunk, highlights forms of nanotechnology referred to as nano or nanites. Literature assumes a crucial role in depicting the nuances of nanopunk reality. In 1995, Neal Stephenson published his seminal science fiction novel, "The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer." This novel delves into the intricate relationship between literature and technology within a dystopian future heavily influenced by molecular nanotechnology. Through its narrative, the novel raises pertinent questions regarding power dynamics and the sociological impacts of technological integration in a futuristic setting. This paper seeks to analyze the implications of these emerging technologies as portrayed through fiction and their potential effects on contemporary society and future generations. It concludes that literature, culture, and fiction will continue to wield significant influence in shaping societal perceptions and attitudes towards the future of nanotechnology.

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Tawhida Akhter
Tawhidabhatt20@gmail.com (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Tawhida Akhter, College of Sciences and Arts Sajir, Shaqra University. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Tawhida Akhter is working as an Assistant Professor (English) at Shaqra University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  She has completed her education from India. She has teaching experience of 9 years. She has published many books, research papers, and review articles with reputed publishers and journals. Her research interests include science fiction, cultural studies, diaspora fiction, humanity and technology in literature, Nano-technology and literature, and dystopian fiction.

Akhter, T. (2024). Nano-punk and Nanotechnology Genre in Literature: A Scientific and Cultural Analysis of Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 24(2), 103–107. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v24i2.577

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