Science Fiction and Feminist Thought
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of Texas Press
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"Writing a book on feminist science fiction can be an outer-worldly experience. Thankfully, I had a supportive intellectual community and a tight network of friends who kept me grounded during the process. For their support in the early stages of the project, I owe gratitude to my advisors at Clark University—Eric Gordy, Maria Acosta-Cruz,..."
Introduction Science Fiction's Alien Construction
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"Upon their release at the turn of the twenty-first century, the Matrix films had an immediate impact on popular imagination in the United States. The Hollywood-produced science fiction trilogy triggered questions about reality, self-determination, and resistance while setting new standards for film technology. With its clever plotline and breathtaking special eﬀects, the trilogy became both a blockbuster hit surrounded by the usual media hype and an..."
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"As gendered and racial subjects, black women speak/write in multiple voices—not all simultaneously or with equal weight, but with various and changing degrees of intensity, privileging one parole and then another. One discovers in these writers a kind of internal dialogue reflecting..."
1. Cultural Chameleons
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"Octavia Butler’s work foregrounds the experiences of female characters and therefore can be understood as part of a feminist tradition in science fiction literature. However, her representations of black heroines diﬀerentiate her writing from much of feminist science fiction. In 1984, Ruth Salvaggio noted in her article..."
2. The Alien in Us
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"If you deny any aﬃnity with another person or kind of person, if you declare it to be wholly diﬀerent from yourself...you may hate it, or deify it; but in either case you have denied its spiritual equality, and its human reality. You have made it into a thing, to which the only possible relationship is a power relationship. And thus you have fatally impoverished..."
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"If, as...feminist critics of science have argued, there is a relation among the desire for mastery, an objectivist account of science, and the imperialist project of subduing nature, then the posthuman offers resources for the construction of another kind of account. In this account, emergence replaces teleology; reflexive epistemology replaces objectivism..."
3. Technoscience's Stepdaughter
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"Every story that begins with original innocence and privileges the return to wholeness imagines the drama of life to be individuation, separation, the birth of the self, the tragedy of autonomy, the fall into writing alienation; that is, war, tempered by imaginary respite in the bosom of the Other. These plots are ruled by a reproductive politics—rebirth..."
4. Our Bodies as Our Selves
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"When The Matrix was released by Warner Brothers in 1999, it was an immediate blockbuster hit. Sending its message packaged in a dazzling array of special eﬀects and a superstar cast, the film questions established notions of body, identity, and reality. At the center of the film, in terms of both narrative and form, lie experiences...
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"For it is a production, usually in response to a request, to come out or write in the name of an identity which, once produced, sometimes functions as a politically efficacious phantasm...[I]dentity categories tend to be instruments of regulatory regimes, whether as the normalizing categories of oppressive structures..."
5. The Anatomy of Dystopia
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"[A]n apparatus of gender organizes the power relations manifest in the various engagements between bodies and technologies....Gender...is both a determining cultural condition and a social consequence of technological deployment"
6. Beyond Binary Gender
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"It might seem natural to regard intersexuals and transgendered people as living midway between the poles of male and female. But male and female, masculine and feminine, cannot be parsed as some kind of continuum. Rather, sex and gender are best conceptualized as points in a multidimensional space."
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"When people ask me what my book is about, the answer ‘intergalactic feminism’ usually evokes a puzzled look and a polite ‘How interesting?’ The explanation ‘I look at science fiction’s relationship to feminist theories’ earns me an ‘Ahh—how interesting!’ usually followed by the question ‘But why?' The theoretical and textual explorations ..."
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Page Count: 336
Illustrations: 17 b&w illus., 2 tables
Publication Year: 2006