Enterprise Zones; Critical Positions on Star Trek

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Can you imagine a world without Star Trek—without warp drive, phasers, photon torpedoes, tricorders, communicators, and transporters? After six Hollywood movies and twenty-five years of nonstop television presence, Star Trek is, indeed, a pervasive cultural phenomenon! This is the first critical, scholarly look at the mysteries, hidden meanings, and complex issues of the text known as Star Trek.Looking at the original Spock-Kirk Star Trek, the contributors ask and answer questions such as: What are the cultural ...

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Overview

Can you imagine a world without Star Trek—without warp drive, phasers, photon torpedoes, tricorders, communicators, and transporters? After six Hollywood movies and twenty-five years of nonstop television presence, Star Trek is, indeed, a pervasive cultural phenomenon! This is the first critical, scholarly look at the mysteries, hidden meanings, and complex issues of the text known as Star Trek.Looking at the original Spock-Kirk Star Trek, the contributors ask and answer questions such as: What are the cultural conditions surrounding the homoerotic relationship between Kirk and Spock? How does the show depict gender relations while simultaneously recreating the cultural conditions under which women continue to experience sexual aggression and violence? They also explore Star Trek: The Next Generation, raising issues such as: Was Data a battlefield on which the struggle for human rights was waged? Did militarism and warring versions of masculinity intersect at Worf?Readers will discover the unique charges of cultural studies scholarship and how it enables us to designate a powerful pop-cultural phenomenon such as Star Trek into a legitimate site of study. The thirteen essayists address the very real and necessary topics of hegemony, utopias, militarism, colonialism, gender, violence, race, class, sexuality, and liminality, analyzing individual episodes and overarching themes of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Their insights on how Star Trek affects what we understand our culture to be, how it represents the social and political order, and how it reproduces pleasure and pain in its televisual texts, will fascinate scholars, students, and Trekkers alike.

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Thirteen scholars contributed to this volume, the first of its kind to address Star TrekR critically. Where Camille Bacon-Smith's Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth (Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1992) focused on audiences, Enterprise Zones dissects the episodes and films. The contributors challenge Star Trek's avowed utopian vision and liberal humanism, demonstrating the concerns of recent cultural studies in academe. Essays explore such topics as Captain Kirk's masculinity, Lt. Commander Data's cyborg nature, and Counselor Troi's costumes. Emphasis is given to the politics of the original series and The Next Generation, and both are discussed in terms of militarism and neocolonialism. The contributors write with suspicion, insight, and respect for their subject matter, making this a sterling addition for any academic library. General readers might well be alienated by the scholarly jargon, however.Neal Baker, Dickinson Coll. Lib., Carlisle, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813328997
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Film Studies Series
  • Pages: 303
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 "A Part of Myself No Man Should Ever See": Reading Captain Kirk's Multiple Masculinities 10
2 When the Body Speaks: Deanna Troi's Tenuous Authority and the Rationalization of Federation Superiority in Star Trek: The Next Generation Rape Narratives 33
3 Liminality: Worf Metonymic Signifier of Racial, Cultural, and National Differences 51
4 Dating Data: Miscegenation in Star Trek: The Next Generation 69
5 Cyborgs in Utopia: The Problem of Radical Difference in Star Trek: The Next Generation 95
6 A Fabricated Space: Assimilating the Individual on Star Trek: The Next Generation 115
7 "For the Greater Good": Trilateralism and Hegemony in Star Trek: The Next Generation 137
8 Domesticating Terrorism: A Neocolonial Economy of Differance 157
9 Boys in Space: Star Trek, Latency, and the Neverending Story 189
10 Enjoyment (in) Between Fathers: General Chang as Homoerotic Enablement in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 211
11 "All Good Things...": The End of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The End of Camelot - The End of the Tale about Woman as Handmaid to Patriarchy as Superman 231
12 Weaving the Cyborg Shroud: Mourning and Deferral in Star Trek: The Next Generation 245
Appendix A Interview with Henry Jenkins 259
Appendix B A Selective Bibliography of Critical Work on Star Trek 279
About the Book 283
About the Editors and Contributors 285
Index 289
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