Alien Woman: The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley

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Bloomsbury Academic, Sep 1, 2006 - Social Science - 272 pages
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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 1980s and 1990s, left to grapple with this strong female protagonist, reenvision 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 books 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.

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User Review  - JWarren42 - LibraryThing

Well written and full of some solid readings. Though at times the authors go too far in their desire to read vaginal symbols in to the text, this is a fantastic exploration of the character across ... Read full review

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This interesting essay/critical book mixes plots, characters' analysis and feminist literary theories as the basis for explaining the special and innovative differences in the 'Alien' movies, compared ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

C. Jason Smith is Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College-CUNY. A native of Chile, Ximena Gallardo-C. graduated with a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University. She lives in New York.

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