Alien Constructions

Alien Constructions

Author: Patricia Melzer

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292778467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 325

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Though set in other worlds populated by alien beings, science fiction is a site where humans can critique and re-imagine the paradigms that shape this world, from fundamentals such as the sex and gender of the body to global power relations among sexes, races, and nations. 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 theories 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.
Finance for Academics
Language: en
Pages: 129
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
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection
Language: en
Pages: 624
Authors: Gardner Dozois
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-07-30 - Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

The past through tomorrow are boldly imagined and reinvented in the twenty-five stories collected in this showcase anthology. Many of the field's finest practitioners are represented here, along with stories from promising newcomers, including: William Barton * Rob Chilson * Tony Daniel * Cory Doctorow * Jim Grimsley * Gwyneth
Model of the Universe
Language: en
Pages: 128
Authors: Bobby McGehee
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-02 - Publisher: AuthorHouse

This Model of the Universe concludes the universe to be a spherical region within a much larger region of primordial matter. Primordial Matter is determined to be an endless array of positroniums; matter (+) and antimatter (-) particles, stabilized in and by an equally spaced (.6 cm) hexahedron arrangement. When
African Americans in Sports
Language: en
Pages: 546
Authors: David K. Wiggins
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-03-26 - Publisher: Routledge

This two-volume set features 400 articles on African-Americans in sports, including biographical entries as well as entries on events, tournaments, leagues, clubs, films, and associations. The entries cover all professional, amateur, and college sports such as baseball, tennis, and golf.
Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers and Literary Agents, 2001-2002
Language: en
Pages: 917
Authors: Jeff Herman
Categories: Authorship
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

The classic reference guide for book authors has been completely revised and updated with the names and specific areas of interest of thousands of editors at over 500 book publishing houses.