Gender Blending and the Feminine Subject in Science Fiction Film

Christine Cornea

in Science Fiction Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748624652
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671106 | DOI:
Gender Blending and the Feminine Subject in Science Fiction Film

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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

Chapter.  14658 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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