Signs of Aliens: Semiotics of Film and Popular Culture

Signs of Aliens: Semiotics of Film and Popular Culture

by Daniel Bernardi

ISBN-10: 0558258395

ISBN-13: 9780558258399

Pub. Date: 09/15/2009

Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions

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8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Definitions, Theories, and Methods 1

“ ‘Alien’ from The Oxford English Dictionary,” edited by 3

John Simpson and Edmund Weiner

“ ‘Alienation’ from Dictionary of Marxist Thought,” 5

edited by Tom Bottomore

“ ‘Extraterrestrial’ from The Oxford English Dictionary,” 11

edited by John Simpson and Edmund Weiner

“Ideology and Meanings,” John Fiske 14

“Anthropomorphism,” Helen King 26

“The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” Thomas Kuhn 28

“Introducing Semiotics,” Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz 38

2. Geo-Political, Religious, and Scientific Discourses 53

“From The Invasion from Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic,” 55

Hadley Cantril

“The Truth Is Out There: Aliens and the Fugitivity of Postmodern 79

Truth,” Jodi Dean

“Ufology, God-Talk, and Theology,” Brenda Denzler 99

“The Invaded Body: Paranoia and Radiation Anxiety in 127

Invaders from Mars, It Came from Outer Space, and

Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” Cyndy Hendershot

“The Alien Messiah,” Hugh Ruppersberg 136

“The Search for Extraterrestrial Life,” Carl Sagan 140

“The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” 148

Carl Sagan and Frank Drake

3. Race, Gender, and Sexuality 155

“Gay and Lesbian Presence in Science Fiction,” Camille Bacon-Smith 157

Star Wars Episodes I—VI: Coyote and the Force of White Narrative,” 175

Gabriel S. Estrada (Nahuatl)

“‘Out of the Closet and into the Universe’: Queers and Star Trek,” 190

Henry Jenkins

“Feminism, Humanism and Science in Alien,” James H. Kavanagh 212

“Rewriting the ‘American Dream’: Postmodernism and Otherness 218

in Independence Day,” Jan Mair

““What Makes You Think You Can Dictate How We Love?”: 228

Sexual Orientation,” Robin Roberts

4. Aliens Among Us 237

“The Latino Threat Narrative,” Leo Chavez 239

“Humor as Subversive De-construction in Born in East L.A.,” 253

Rosa Linda Fregoso

“God’s Aesthetic Surgery,” Sander L. Gilman 261

“The Michael Jackson Factor: Race, Ethnicity, and Cosmetic 264

Surgery,” Elizabeth Haiken

Index 297

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