26.III. 閱讀測驗：50％，每題 2 分
In an age of gender role blurring, the sepia-toned vision of a past filled with men who were
men, women who were women, and a clear code of honor and conduct are no doubt appealing
to the solitary subject with a fuzzy sense of self. Often historical recreationist Cosplayers extend
the reproduction of past mannerisms into their daily lives – men live by the code of chivalry
and open doors for female coworkers, women who serve others in volunteer charities, people
who refuse to lie, or to act without honor; these are Cosplayers who have formed their own
subject positions through the filter of fiction. That the concept of identity is itself in flux is
perhaps a sign that in an age of virtual hobbies and digital connections, we no longer know who
we are. Many people are turning to the Internet in order to find ever more specialized groups
with which to associate themselves, with which to define their own subjecthood, and as some
experts believe, fandom is simply the force by which personal disconnect attains
interconnectivity, a community of private fantasy, a safety valve for obsessive tendencies that
channels our most private attachments toward worthy pursuits. Cosplay allows participants to
create and participate in the physical world, to move a hobby that is primarily screen-centric
into a concrete medium, and favored texts are both tools for thought and spaces for emotional
exploration. Barbara Adams, famous for wearing her Starfleet Uniform to jury duty in the
Whitewater trial in 1996, defines her identity via her interaction with the franchise, and her role
in the community fanclub. Adams wore her uniform to promote the fanclub's tenant to work
towards Rodenberry's utopia created in the American sci-fi TV series Star Trek, as she says, "to
see those ideals brought into this community in this century." Adams defines her own social
values and ideals based on the mores of a world that does not exist. Actor William Shatner
explains that Star Trek is not only "part entertainment," but also "part philosophy." Cosplay
provides a natural extension of interest into experimentation, allowing a subject to adopt the
mannerisms and dress of a certain "clique" in order to decide what to accept or reject in the
formation of their own identity type.
【題組】26. According to the passage, what characterizes Cosplayers?
(A) They are not quite sure about who they are.
(B) They favor the blurring vision of the past.
(C) They are popular among their circle of friends.
(D) They are appealing to the solitary subject.