Patricia Melzer's Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought PDF

By Patricia Melzer

Though set in different worlds populated by way of alien beings, technological know-how fiction is a website the place people can critique and re-imagine the paradigms that form this international, from basics akin to the intercourse and gender of the physique to international strength relatives between sexes, races, and countries. Feminist thinkers and writers are more and more spotting technology fiction's capability to shatter patriarchal and heterosexual norms, whereas the creators of technology fiction are bringing new intensity and complexity to the style by way of enticing with feminist theories and politics. This e-book maps the intersection of feminism and technological know-how fiction via shut readings of technological know-how fiction literature by means of Octavia E. Butler, Richard Calder, and Melissa Scott and the flicks The Matrix and the Alien series.

Patricia Melzer analyzes how those authors and movies symbolize debates and ideas in 3 components of feminist inspiration: id and distinction, feminist opinions of technological know-how and expertise, and the connection between gender id, physique, and wish, together with the hot gender politics of queer wishes, transgender, and intersexed our bodies and identities. She demonstrates that key political components form those debates, together with international capitalism and exploitative category family inside a becoming foreign process; the effect of computing device, commercial, and clinical applied sciences on women's lives and reproductive rights; and posthuman embodiment as expressed via biotechnologies, the body/machine interface, and the commodification of hope. Melzer's research makes it transparent that feminist writings and readings of technological know-how fiction are a part of a feminist critique of latest strength relations—and that the alien structures (cyborgs, clones, androids, extraterrestrial beings, and hybrids) that populate postmodern technological know-how fiction are as very likely empowering as they're threatening.

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