Bodies on the edge of forever: representations of the body in 1980s and 1990s science fiction films

Lewis, Matthew (2006) Bodies on the edge of forever: representations of the body in 1980s and 1990s science fiction films. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Notions of the body represent a vital component in the construction of human identity, and are reflected throughout art history. This dissertation investigates a small period of Science-Fiction cinema, the 1980s and 1990s'and attempts to discern the progression of bodily concerns throughout the two decades. Each chapter focuses on a key aspect of the body within Science-Fiction, gender, infection and technology, and questions the shifts in the genre's concerns to these themes over time, drawing parallels between the socio-cultural context and the prevalent themes in the genre at the time. It would appear that the invasion sub-genre which underwent something of a revival in the 1980s, but then diminished in the 1990s and that the transition between the two decades saw an apparent shift from general technophobia toward a more acceptant attitude. Gender politics were altered and complicated with attempts to equalise and flatten the divergence between masculinity and femininity colliding with distorted boundaries to effectively create a third gender. Understandably, each of the themes are fundamentally connected to the others, and any significant investigation of the body requires a study of the interactions between them, and each chapter will look briefly at the overlap between itself and the next theme, while the conclusion will draw these together into a concise review.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/161

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