Investigating Farscape: Uncharted Territories of Sex and Science Fiction

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I.B.Tauris, May 15, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages
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"My name is John Crichton. I'm lost. An astronaut. Shot through a wormhole.  In some distant part of the universe.  I'm trying to stay alive. Aboard this ship.  This living ship. Of escaped prisoners."  During its fourth and--for the present--final season, Farscape was the Sci-Fi Channel's highest rated original series.  With its dedicated fan-base, Farscape seasons are still  top-billing Sci Fi DVDs.  This first substantial analysis of the show, written by a scholar-fan, uncovers Farscape's layers and those of the living spaceship Moya. Jes Battis proposes that Farscape is as much about bodies, sex and gender, as it is about wormholes, space ships and interstellar warfare. It is this straddling of genres that makes the show so viewable to such a broad audience, of which almost half are women.  He explores Farscape's language and characters, including Moya, its creation of family and home, of masculinity and femininity, and the transformation of an all-American boy

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For a critical work to succeed for me, it must do at least one of three things: make me understand the text and/or the theory used to explore the text in new ways, excite in me a desire to return to ... Read full review

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Fun to read during my Farscape rewatch; basically, a big fan applies aspects of postcolonial and feminist/queer theory to talk about what’s going on in the show. I didn’t learn a lot, but I will ... Read full review


The People of Farscape
Births Biomechanoids and Companion Species
Crichton DArgo
Farscape and the Uncharted
Bodies and Biological
Alienation and Imperialism
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About the author (2007)

Jes Battis is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and is the author of Blood Relations: Chosen Families in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (2005).

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