By Patricia Melzer
Though set in different worlds populated by way of alien beings, technological know-how fiction is a domain the place people can critique and re-imagine the paradigms that form this international, from basics corresponding 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 technological know-how 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 means of enticing with feminist theories and politics. This publication maps the intersection of feminism and technology fiction via shut readings of technological know-how fiction literature through Octavia E. Butler, Richard Calder, and Melissa Scott and the flicks The Matrix and the Alien series.
Patricia Melzer analyzes how those authors and flicks symbolize debates and ideas in 3 components of feminist concept: id and distinction, feminist evaluations of technological know-how and expertise, and the connection between gender identification, physique, and hope, together with the hot gender politics of queer wants, transgender, and intersexed our bodies and identities. She demonstrates that key political components form those debates, together with international capitalism and exploitative type kinfolk inside of a starting to be foreign process; the effect of computing device, business, 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 current strength relations—and that the alien structures (cyborgs, clones, androids, extraterrestrial beings, and hybrids) that populate postmodern technology fiction are as possibly empowering as they're threatening.
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