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Alien Woman: The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley

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Alien Woman examines the construction of sex and gender in the four science-fiction films comprising the Alien saga (starring Sigourney Weaver). The Alien saga stands alone in presenting an enduring, self-reliant female protagonist, Ripley, who in the first film ends up as the sole survivor of the beleaguered starship Nostromo. Subsequent writers and directors in the 1980s ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published May 21st 2004)
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Jamie
Dec 02, 2009 Jamie rated it it was ok
Not as fantastic as I thought it would be...started out promising and had a great essay on how Ripley arugably fit the Reagan era's view of motherhood and the nuclear family. Like Ripley "had" to have Hicks in order to form the nuclear family with Newt...interesting. And possibly I did not like the last half of the book because I am not so much a fan of the last 2 films. But I still think Ripley is the coolest ever.
Brenna
Aug 03, 2011 Brenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting dissection of Lt. Ripley's character. Additionally, offers a take by take analyzation of all four parts of the Alien quadrilogy from a feminist perspective. A breath of fresh air in the overwhelmingly male-dominated field of science fiction.
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Oct 13, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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“The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley”

In ALIEN WOMAN, authors and pop culture critics Ximena Gallardo-C. and C. Jason Smith examine “The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley” – a process which is both informed by and reflects the differing sociopolitical landscapes present during the creation of the respective installations of the quadrilogy. While the first ALIEN film was a radical (perhaps even feminist) reimagining of the slasher/horror genre, ALIENS represented a return to retro Reagen-era “family” values.
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May 20, 2011 J. rated it really liked it
Well written and full of some solid readings. Though at times the authors go too far in their desire to read vaginal symbols in to the text, this is a fantastic exploration of the character across multiple texts. I can think of no better praise for this book than this: their reading of "Alien 3", a film that I had thought of as having no redeeming value, was nuanced, intense and forced me to reevaluate the film completely. HIGHLY recommended if you are a film or science fiction scholar.
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