“She’s beautiful and she’s laughing”: Monstrous Women in SF Literature and Film (Bridgitte Barclay)

Course Description:

The Medusa figure, the cyborg, the nomadic subject are complex images in feminist theory.  Some figures represent the ways in which women have been othered over the centuries, and others represent how that otherness is a form of power.  Many do both.  This course will explore how women are depicted as monstrous, who defines what monstrous is, how it may be complexly positive and/or negative, and how these cultural representations intersect with feminist theory. We will look at an array of images, including visual images, representations in film and literature, music, and games.

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