Alluring Androids, Robot Women, and Electronic Eves

Julie Wosk

Illustration by Kyle Green, software by Digital-Tutors/PL Studios

Julie Wosk, MARLENE, C-Print

The Bride of Frankenstein

Lady Musician by Pierre and Henri Jaquet-Droz, Courtesy of the Musee d'Histoire d'Art et de Histoire, Neuchatel, Switzerland

Maria in Fritz Lang's film METROPOLIS


Julie Wosk, ALLURING ANDROIDS, ROBOT WOMEN, AND ELECTRONIC EVES, 2008. Cover photograph: Julie Wosk, MARLENE (1995), Copyright Julie Wosk.

Julie Wosk’s exciting book ALLURING ANDROIDS, ROBOT WOMEN, AND ELECTRONIC EVES is the first book of its kind and introduces the world of female robots and androids in film, photography, art, and the work of today's robot-makers and video game designers. It is based on her exhibit held at the New York Hall of Science and the Cooper Union School of Engineering Gallery in New York.

Dr. Wosk's lecture on her book was recently featured on New York television's Channel Thirteen Forum.

ALLURING ANDROIDS,ROBOT WOMEN, AND ELECTRONIC EVES (Fort Schuyler Press)is filled with illustrations--many in color--of facsimile females ranging from early mechanical automatons to Lara Croft and the Stepford Wives to today's female robots that look so real they can easily fool the eye.

The author connects these compelling creatures to cultural views of science,technology, and women themselves.


Julie Wosk is Professor of art history, English, and studio painting at the State University of New York, Maritime College is also currently writing another . book on women androids and robots for next year. and is also the author of WOMEN AND THE MACHINE: REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE SPINNING WHEEL TO THE ELECTRONIC AGE (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001, paper 2003) and BREAKING FRAME: TECHNOLOGY AND THE VISUAL ARTS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (Rutgers University Press, 1992), reprint forthcoming.

She is also the curator of the traveling exhibit of digital images, "Alluring Androids, Robot Women, and Electronic Eve" which was first presented at the New York Hall of Science. This exhibit, which inspired her new book, is available on loan to museums and gallery spaces.

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Selected Works

Originally published by Rutgers Univesity Press, this ground-breaking book illuminates the dramatic and sometimes dramatic impact of the Industrial Revolution and new mechanical inventions on the natural environment and human lives. Chapters on human-machines (automatons), trains, ornamented steam engines, design, and more.
Images of Women and Machines (including automobiles,airplanes, bicycles, Rosie-the-Riveter war work, household machines, and more) in art, photography, advertising, and other visual images.
Third Book
Images by artists reflect the dramatic impact of industrialization and new machines on nineteenth-century American and British society. Includes chapters on nineteenth-century design (ornamented steam engines, sewing machines, ornamental cast iron, electroplated silverware, and more).