Aliens and Others
Aliens and Others by Jenny Wolmark
Aliens and Others explores the radical potential of feminist science fiction to question dominant cultural definitions of difference and identity. With strong exciting, often brilliant prose, Jenny Wolmark examines the ways in which the conventions of science fiction are subverted so that notions of genre, race and gender identity are redefined.
Wolmark redirects our understanding of contemporary feminist fiction by considering the ways in which both feminism and postmodernism have enabled women science fiction writers to challenge the 'commonsense' nature of social and cultural practices and institutions. Postermodernism's critique of the 'grand narratives' of western culture is paralleled by feminist analysis of the patriarchal discourses of that culture. Aliens and Others shows how these projects are connected, both by their recognition of the partiality of dominant cultural practices and by their potential to develop an interventionist cultural politics.