Alien Woman: The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley / Edition 1

Alien Woman: The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley / Edition 1

by Jason Smith, Ximena Gallardo-C.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826419100

ISBN-13: 9780826419101

Pub. Date: 08/25/2006

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Alien Woman examines the construction of sex and gender in the four science-fiction films comprising the Alien saga (starring Sigourney Weaver). The Alien saga stands alone in presenting an enduring, self-reliant female protagonist, Ripley, who in the first film ends up as the sole survivor of the beleaguered starship Nostromo. Subsequent writers and directors in

Overview

Alien Woman examines the construction of sex and gender in the four science-fiction films comprising the Alien saga (starring Sigourney Weaver). The Alien saga stands alone in presenting an enduring, self-reliant female protagonist, Ripley, who in the first film ends up as the sole survivor of the beleaguered starship Nostromo. Subsequent writers and directors in the 1980s and 1990s, left to grapple with this strong female protagonist, reenvision Ripley for different social, political, and cultural imperatives for women. Alien Woman focuses on how these writers and directors have re-written Ripley and how each revision informs our understanding of women in science fiction. And by examining the films' creation and commodification of the female hero, the books illustrates how changing attitudes toward women and the female body help us understand broader societal beliefs and relationships, and provides a useful lens with which to understand woman's place in the late 20th century and early 21st century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826419101
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/25/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.67(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Can't Live with Them, Can't Kill Them
Chapter 1: Men, Women, and Alien Baby
Chapter 2: Ripley Gets her Gun: Aliens and teh Reagan Era Hero
Chapter 3: "The Bitch Is Back": The Iconoclastic Body in Alien
Chapter 4: "Who Are You?": Alien Resurrection and the Posthuman Subject
Afterword: Alien Woman
Selected Bibliography
Notes Index

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