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Becoming plant and posthumanism in Jeff Noon's Pollen (1995)

Cockin, Katharine


Katharine Cockin


This article examines Jeff Noon’s cyberpunk novel Pollen (1995), arguing for its innovative treatment of spatial and species identities. In addition to the challenging representations of gender and feminism identified by Val Gough, there are other kinds of decentering enacted, notably in the novel’s speculative treatment of “becoming plant” and the location of the action in the North of England.


Cockin, K. (2016). Becoming plant and posthumanism in Jeff Noon's Pollen (1995). Critique, 57(1), 94-104.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Dec 30, 2015
Publication Date 2016-01
Deposit Date Apr 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 8, 2016
Journal Critique : studies in contemporary fiction
Print ISSN 0011-1619
Electronic ISSN 1939-9138
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 1
Pages 94-104
Keywords Cyberpunk; Posthumanism; Science fiction; Dystopia
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critique : studies in contemporary fiction on 30/12/2015, available online:


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