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  1. 'Your appeal to my humanity is pointless' : The Borg and Radical Performativity in Star Trek


    URL/Identifizierer http://www.outskirts.arts.uwa.edu.au/volumes/volume-9/leaver
    QuellenartElektronische Volltexte & Multimedia>>Aufsätze aus Zeitschriften / Sammelbänden>>
    UrheberLeaver, Tama
    Veröffentlichungsdatum2002
    Schlagworte FWFilmanalyse; Filmsoziologie
    Freie Schlagworte FW Star Trek
    Beschreibung "According to feminist critic Anne Cranny-Francis, the genre of science fiction has two distinct types. The first, 'hard' science fiction, utilises science and technology simply as a 'prop' for 'conventional stories of adventure and heroism' and adheres unproblematically to dominant, conservative constructions of meaning; the second, 'soft' science fiction, problematises some aspect of the 'everyday, from common sense' using scientific discourse to disrupt the 'normal', potentially conflicting with dominant meaning systems The former has traditionally been patriarchal, conservative and invariably presents a 'boys with their toys' scenario. Utilising Cranny-Francis' hard/soft dichotomy as boundary points for an analytical spectrum, the popular American science fiction televisual franchise Star Trek ostensibly falls toward the harder side, often presenting a latent ideology of 'optimistic imperialism' in the guise of exploration and multiculturalism, completely in keeping with the dominant political and military discourses of the United States of America. One of the high-tech 'toys' encountered by the crews of the USS Enterprise, and later the USS Voyager, is the Borg: cybernetically enhanced humanoids linked together with a single collective 'hive' mind. In the initial skirmishes with the Borg in Star Trek: The Next Generation they were represented as androgynous, but later encounters, specifically in the First Contact film and the Star Trek: Voyager (ST:V) series, dealt with cyborgs that were gendered. While a textual or genre reading of the texts in question (in this case, Star Trek episodes and films) primarily focuses on the meanings and ideology 'intended' by the producers and writers, a more nuanced analysis can be constructed if audiences are, in some manner, accounted for in terms of meaning creation. In the cases where 'female' Borg are encountered, I will argue that the commercially constructed science fiction of Star Trek which is usually positioned at toward the harder end of the spectrum can, at times, be read by audiences in a softer manner; in terms of gender the audience can, at times, construct meanings from the text which challenge the dominant patriarchal hegemony rather than allying with it." (Information des Anbieters)
    Themen FWFilm>>Beziehungen, Ausstrahlungen, Einwirkungen; Film>>Einzelne Filme (Sekundärliteratur)
    RVK FWAP 47950; AP 59800
    DDC FWPhilosophie, Theorie, Ästhetik
    geographischer BezugBehandlung nach Gebieten, Regionen, Orten im Allgemeinen>>
    zeitlicher Bezugzeitlich übergreifend / unabhängig>>
    SpracheEnglisch
    Anmerkungen zur RessourceOutskirts online journal: feminisms along the edge, Vol. 9.