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Science Fiction CinemaBetween Fantasy and Reality$
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Christine Cornea

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624652

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624652.001.0001

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Gender Blending and the Feminine Subject in Science Fiction Film

Gender Blending and the Feminine Subject in Science Fiction Film

(p.145) 5. Gender Blending and the Feminine Subject in Science Fiction Film
Science Fiction Cinema

Christine Cornea

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates the representation of the feminine subject in science fiction. It is shown that feminine subjects have traditionally been joined within the science fiction film. The 1990s saw the development of a different kind of female figure in science fiction cinema. The chapter states that female figures which emerged in science fiction/action films appeared to take on a functioning role more normally assigned to the male hero. Comparative analyses of three films in which a female hero appears are given: Hardware, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Nemesis 2: Nebula. Both Hardware and Nemesis 2 exploit the Terminator films, but each in its way also subverts the narrative trajectory of their blockbuster counterparts. Starship Troopers effectively takes both the female hero and the femme fatale. An interview with Director Paul Verhoeven regarding the female heroes is also offered.

Keywords:   science fiction film, feminine subject, action films, Hardware, Terminator, Nemesis 2, female hero, femme fatale, Starship Troopers, Director Paul Verhoeven

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