Alien Identities: Exploring Differences in Film and Fiction by I. Q. Hunter, Deborah Cartmell, Heidi Kaye, Imelda Whelehan

By I. Q. Hunter, Deborah Cartmell, Heidi Kaye, Imelda Whelehan

A full of life and stimulating examine representations, mutations and variations of 'the alien' in literature, movie and tv. utilizing notions of the alien and alienation in a largely outlined feel, the participants disguise early technology fiction, from the gothic extraterrestrial beings of Dracula and H.G. Wells, to the vintage fifties chilly struggle sci-fi videos, akin to conflict of the Worlds, twentieth-century reworkings of varied 'alien' metaphors, similar to the Fly videos and the Alien sequence, and comedian diversifications at the subject matter corresponding to Mars assaults. relocating past the normal style obstacles of the alien, specific essays glance, too, at 'race' as an alien , and on the use of ailment and disorder as a metaphor for alienation in sleek movie and fiction. Alien Identities is a well timed, conscientiously themed and much-needed learn of an more and more well known topic.

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39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 2 America’s Domestic Aliens: African Americans and the Issue of Citizenship in the Jefferson/Hemings Story in Fiction and Film Sharon Monteith What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? this Fourth of July is yours not mine; you may rejoice, I must mourn ... 3 America’s African Americans are the descendants of slaves, an imported population for whom Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was the succinct summary of their alien status. Denied the ‘inalienable rights’ of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’, blacks were denied citizenship on the basis of racial identity and in the Constitution of 1787 counted as three-fifths human for the purposes of calculating property taxes.

Are we the alien pathogens now? Certainly one of the characters in Carriers seems to think so: ‘“We should never have come,” she said, softer now, as if reading from a book. “We’re the disease here. We’re the virus. The forest knows that. ”’35 While the new disease scenarios sometimes represent the excursion of the West into the ‘natural’ Third World as a kind of alien invasion, they also in certain circumstances figure the body itself as an alien terrain, as alien, in its way, as the African landscape.

173. 16. Clancy, Executive Orders, pp. 456–7. 17. Judith Williamson, ‘Every Virus Tells a Story’ in Erica Carter and Simon Watney (eds), Taking Liberties: AIDS and Cultural Politics (London: Serpent’s Tail, 1989), p. 69. 18. The jungle, the helicopter used to transport the medics, the napalm-like bomb are all reminiscent of Vietnam, another ‘alien’ world where America felt out of place. 19. Sontag, Illness as Metaphor, p. 95. 20. Preston, The Hot Zone, p. 49. 21. , p. 69. 22. Garrett, The Coming Plague, p.

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