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Drones, Clones, and Alpha Babes : Retrofitting Star Trek's Humanism, Post-9/11 - Diana M. A. Relke

Drones, Clones, and Alpha Babes

Retrofitting Star Trek's Humanism, Post-9/11

Paperback Published: 19th April 2006
ISBN: 9781552381649
Number Of Pages: 190

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The Star Trek franchise represents one of the most successful emanations of popular media in our culture. The number of books, both popular and scholarly, published on the subject of Star Trek is massive, with more and more titles printed every year. Very few, however, have looked at Star Trek in terms of the dialectics of humanism and the posthuman, the pervasiveness of advanced technology, and the complications of gender identity. In Drones, Clones and Alpha Babes, Diana Relke sheds light on how the Star Trek narratives influence and are influenced by shifting cultural values in the United States, using these as portals to the sociopolitical and sociocultural landscapes of the United States, pre- and post-9/11. From her Canadian perspective, Relke focuses on Star Trek's uniquely American version of liberal humanism, extends it into a broader analysis of ideological features, and avoids a completely positive or negative critique, choosing instead to honour the contradictions inherent in the complexity of the subject.

Alpha babes in the Delta Quad : postfeminism and the gendering of the Borgp. 1
Modernism/postmodernismp. 3
Regendering commandp. 19
Phallic mothersp. 31
Techno-maternalismp. 47
Queen beesp. 61
Drones, clones and starship captains : encounters with the posthumanp. 73
Humanism/transhumanismp. 75
Cyborg emergencep. 87
Extropia of Borgp. 99
Holographic lovep. 115
Time, the final frontierp. 133
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ISBN: 9781552381649
ISBN-10: 1552381641
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 19th April 2006
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.3