Alien Constructions

Alien Constructions

Author: Patricia Melzer

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292778467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 499

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“An incisive critical work” that looks at Octavia Butler’s writing, the movies of the Matrix and Alien series—and more—through a feminist lens (Femspec). Feminist thinkers and writers are increasingly recognizing science fiction’s potential to shatter patriarchal and heterosexual norms, while the creators of science fiction are bringing new depth and complexity to the genre by engaging with feminist thewories and politics. This book maps the intersection of feminism and science fiction through close readings of science fiction literature by Octavia E. Butler, Richard Calder, and Melissa Scott and the movies The Matrix and the Alien series. Patricia Melzer analyzes how these authors and films represent debates and concepts in three areas of feminist thought: identity and difference, feminist critiques of science and technology, and the relationship among gender identity, body, and desire, including the new gender politics of queer desires, transgender, and intersexed bodies and identities. She demonstrates that key political elements shape these debates, including global capitalism and exploitative class relations within a growing international system; the impact of computer, industrial, and medical technologies on women’s lives and reproductive rights; and posthuman embodiment as expressed through biotechnologies, the body/machine interface, and the commodification of desire. Melzer’s investigation makes it clear that feminist writings and readings of science fiction are part of a feminist critique of existing power relations—and that the alien constructions (cyborgs, clones, androids, aliens, and hybrids) that populate postmodern science fiction are as potentially empowering as they are threatening.
Graphic Novels: A Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More, 2nd Edition
Language: en
Pages: 719
Authors: Michael Pawuk, David S. Serchay
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-05-30 - Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Covering genres from action/adventure and fantasy to horror, science fiction, and superheroes, this guide maps the vast and expanding terrain of graphic novels, describing and organizing titles as well as providing information that will help librarians to build and balance their graphic novel collections and direct patrons to read-alikes. •
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Language: en
Pages: 139
Authors: Ronald A. Francisco
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-23 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

​The purpose of this book is to provide a hands-on guide to finance and investment for academics with an objective of providing strategies to maximize income, minimize fees, and legally minimize taxes. There are many risks in finance and investment such as stock market crashes, inflation, corruption, fees and interest
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Language: en
Pages: 253
Authors: Ovidio Diaz-Espino
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-08-01 - Publisher: Primedia E-launch LLC

How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal narrates the dramatic and gripping account of the beginnings of the Panama Canal led by a group of Wall Street speculators with the help of Teddy Roosevelt’s government. The result of four years of research, the
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Language: en
Pages: 228
Authors: Dave Williams
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017 - Publisher: Charisma Media

Understand how ancient biblical prophecies are coming to pass in our day, how coming prophetic events will impact you, and how there is hope for all followers of Christ. Today there is a tremendous interest in Bible prophecy, particularly because end-time events prophesied long ago are coming to pass in
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Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Imar de Vries
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

A number of recent studies of mobile wireless communication devices focus on use values, social implications, changing norms and ethics, conversation strategies and culture-dependent domestication. De Vries proposes to venture into a more historical and comparative direction to shed light on our preoccupation with them in the first place. He