Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought

Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought

by Patricia Melzer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292713079
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Patricia Melzer is Director of the Women's Studies Program at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Science Fiction's Alien Constructions
  • Part I. Difference, Identity, and Colonial Experience in Feminist Science Fiction
  • 1. Cultural Chameleons: Anticolonial Identities and Resistance in Octavia E. Butler's Survivor and Dawn
  • 2. The Alien in Us: Metaphors of Transgression in the Work of Octavia E. Butler
  • Part II: Technologies and Gender in Science Fiction Film
  • 3. Technoscience's Stepdaughter: The Feminist Cyborg in Alien Resurrection
  • 4. Our Bodies as Our Selves: Body, Subjectivity, and (Virtual) Reality in The Matrix
  • Part III: Posthuman Embodiment: Deviant Bodies, Desire, and Feminist Politics
  • 5. The Anatomy of Dystopia: Female Technobodies and the Death of Desire in Richard Calder's Dead Girls
  • 6. Beyond Binary Gender: Genderqueer Identities and Intersexed Bodies in Octavia E. Butler's Wild Seed and Imago and Melissa Scott's Shadow Man
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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