Investigating 'Farscape': Uncharted Territories of Sex and Science Fiction

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"My name is John Crichton. I'm lost. An astronaut. Shot through a wormhole. In some distant part of the universe. I'm trying to stay alive. Aboard this ship. This living ship. Of escaped prisoners." During its fourth and--for the present--final season, Farscape was the Sci-Fi Channel's highest rated original series. With its dedicated fan-base, Farscape seasons are still top-billing Sci Fi DVDs. This first substantial analysis of the show, written by a scholar-fan, uncovers Farscape's layers and those of the ...

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Overview

"My name is John Crichton. I'm lost. An astronaut. Shot through a wormhole. In some distant part of the universe. I'm trying to stay alive. Aboard this ship. This living ship. Of escaped prisoners." During its fourth and--for the present--final season, Farscape was the Sci-Fi Channel's highest rated original series. With its dedicated fan-base, Farscape seasons are still top-billing Sci Fi DVDs. This first substantial analysis of the show, written by a scholar-fan, uncovers Farscape's layers and those of the living spaceship Moya. Jes Battis proposes that Farscape is as much about bodies, sex and gender, as it is about wormholes, space ships and interstellar warfare. It is this straddling of genres that makes the show so viewable to such a broad audience, of which almost half are women. He explores Farscape's language and characters, including Moya, its creation of family and home, of masculinity and femininity, and the transformation of an all-American boy

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"His passionate love for the show breathes in almost every line." - Roz Kaveney

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845113421
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Series: Investigating Cult TV Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Jes Battis is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and is the author of Blood Relations: Chosen Families in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Nightmares and Wonders: A Critical Introduction to Farscape
Prisoners and Friends: the people of Farscape * Frell Me Dead, you're totally Fahrbot: Language-Power and Language-Play in Farscape * Moya: Births, Biomechanoids, and Living Homes
• Alien Masculinities, Alienated Desires: Crichton, D'Argo and Scorpius
• Nobody's Trowk, Nobody's Soldier: Aeryn, Chiana, and the Uncharted (Feminine) Territories
• 'Point it like a gun and shoot' - Bodies and Biological Narratives
• One Nation Under Moya: Farscape and Imperialism
Farscape Lexicon
• Notes
• Bibliography* Index *

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