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Alien Woman

The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley

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Alien Woman by Jason Smith
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"Alien Woman" examines the construction of sex and gender in the four science-fiction films comprising the Alien saga (starring Sigourney Weaver). The Alien saga stands alone in presenting an enduring, self-reliant female protagonist, Ripley, who in the first film ends up as the sole survivor of the beleaguered starship Nostromo. Subsequent writers and directors in the 1980's and 1990's, left to grapple with this strong female protagonist, re-envision Ripley for different social, political, and cultural imperatives for women. "Alien Woman" focuses on how these writers and directors have re-written Ripley and how each revision informs our understanding of women in science fiction, and by examining the films' creation and commodification of the female hero, the book illustrates how changing attitudes toward women and the female body help us understand broader societal beliefs and relationships, and provides a useful lens with which to understand woman's place in the late 20th century and early 21st century.

Author Biography

C. Jason Smith is Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College-CUNY. Ximena Gallardo-C. is a native of Chile, she graduated with a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University. She lives in New York.
Release date NZ
September 1st, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Illustrations
40 (b & w) illustrations
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
272
Dimensions
153x228x16
ISBN-13
9780826419101
Product ID
1675794

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