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Gender and Parenting in the Worlds of Alien and Blade Runner: A Feminist Analysis

Digioia, A; (2021) Gender and Parenting in the Worlds of Alien and Blade Runner: A Feminist Analysis. Emerald Studies In Popular Culture And Gender. (1st ed.). Emerald Publishing Limited

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Abstract

Gender and Parenting in the Worlds of Alien and Blade Runner is a comparative, gendered analysis study of Ridley Scott’s contributions to the genre of science fiction and horror cinema. Observing that while Ridley Scott’s science fiction classics Blade Runner and Alien each feature future worlds in which space travel and off-earth colonies are commonplace, the author showcases how patriarchal and gendered expectations regarding women, usually associated with the past, still run rampant. Amanda DiGioia argues in this book that Scott has shifted from focusing on the future, and what humanity may be able to obtain from it, to a focus on facing mortality: what occurs after death and the futility of human existence. The opening chapter provides the necessary theoretical framework and background for the rest of the book, defining the Blade Runner films as science fiction works with elements of horror, from the corporeal to the existential, and the Alien universe as a collection of horror texts. The following chapters go on to discuss the idea of gender, across the works, ruminating on how humanity is in some instances nothing but a social construct that reinforces patriarchal myths about gender and power.

Type: Book
Title: Gender and Parenting in the Worlds of Alien and Blade Runner: A Feminist Analysis
ISBN-13: 9781839829413
Publisher version: https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Gende...
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10125564
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