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Presentation Title

The Construction of Masculinity in Science Fiction

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Emily Thomas '13Follow

Location

Library 205

Abstract

Does the science fiction genre reinforce normative masculinity or create alternative, non-normative masculinities? How do science fiction fans understand the construction of masculinity within the genre? Although science fiction allows for the creation of fictional cultures and worlds, some fans assert that many science fiction works continue to reflect the culture of the creator. I collected interviews from fans of science fiction and, based on these interviews, analyzed selected episodes and movies. From an analysis of the selected media and the interviews, I explored the interaction between masculinity construction in the media and interviewees’ assessments of these forms of masculinity.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

4-9-2013 2:20 PM

Panel

Panel: Society and Identity: Guys, Girls and Friends

Panel Moderator

Chloe Johnston

Field of Study for Presentation

Sociology and Anthropology

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The Construction of Masculinity in Science Fiction

Library 205

Does the science fiction genre reinforce normative masculinity or create alternative, non-normative masculinities? How do science fiction fans understand the construction of masculinity within the genre? Although science fiction allows for the creation of fictional cultures and worlds, some fans assert that many science fiction works continue to reflect the culture of the creator. I collected interviews from fans of science fiction and, based on these interviews, analyzed selected episodes and movies. From an analysis of the selected media and the interviews, I explored the interaction between masculinity construction in the media and interviewees’ assessments of these forms of masculinity.