Alien Identities

Alien Identities : Exploring Differences in Film and Fiction

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This is a lively and stimulating look at representations, mutations and adaptations of 'the alien' in literature, film and television.

Using notions of the alien and alienation in a broadly defined sense, the contributors cover early science fiction, from the gothic aliens of Dracula and H.G. Wells, to the classic fifties Cold War sci-fi movies, such as War of the Worlds, twentieth-century reworkings of various 'alien' metaphors, such as The Fly movies and the Alien series, and comic variations on the theme such as Mars Attacks.

Moving beyond the conventional genre boundaries of the alien, particular essays look, too, at 'race' as an alien condition, and at the use of illness and disease as a metaphor for alienation in modern film and fiction.
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 28.19mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745314058
  • 9780745314051

Table of contents

Introduction - Alien Identities: Exploring Difference in Film and Fiction by Heidi Kaye and I.Q. Hunter

1. Satan Bugs in the Hot Zone: Microbial Pathogens as Alien Invaders by Peter Hutchings

2. America's Domestic Aliens: African Americans and the Issue of Citizenship in the Jefferson/Hemings Story in Fiction and Film by Sharon Monteith

3. See Europe with ITC: Stock Footage and the Construction of Geographical Identity by Nick Freeman

4. `Leaving the West and Entering the East': Refiguring the Alien from Stoker to Coppola by Paul O'Flinn

5. Another Time, Another Space: Modernity, Subjectivity and The Time Machine by Jonathan Bignell

6. 'The Martians are Coming!': Civilisation v. Invasion in The War of the Worlds and Mars Attacks! by Liz Hedgecock

7. Vagabond Desire: Aliens, Alienation and Human Regeneration in Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic and Andrey Tarkovsky's Stalker by John Moore

8. Adaptation, Teleportation and Mutation from Langelaan's to

Cronenberg's The Fly by Karin Littau

9. The Alien Series and Generic Hybridity by Martin Flanagan

10. Aliens, (M)Others, Cyborgs: The Emerging Ideology of Hybridity by Patricia Linton

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'An inventive collection of essays' -- SCOPE: An online journal of film studies
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About Deborah Cartmell

Deborah Cartmell is a Professor in English Literature at De Montfort University. I.Q. Hunter is the Professor of Film Studies at De Montfort University. His books include, The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (Routledge, 2017) and Alien Identities (Pluto Press, 1999). Heidi Kaye is the former Senior Lecturer in English and Women's Studies at De Montfort University. She is the author of many feminist studies. Her books include, Classics in Film and Fiction (Pluto Press, 2000) and Alien Identities (Pluto Press, 1999). Imelda Whelehan is a Research Professor in English and Gender Studies. Her books include, Classics in Film and Fiction (Pluto Press, 2000), The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen (CUP, 2007) and Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (Palgrave, 2014).
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