Gender in Science Fiction Films, 1964–1979

A Critical Study


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About the Book

The 1950s era of science fiction film effectively ended when space flight became a reality with the first manned orbit of Earth in 1962. As the genre’s wildly speculative depictions of science and technology gave way to more reality-based representations, relations between male and female characters reflected the changing political and social climates of the era.
Drawing on critical analyses, film reviews and cultural commentaries, this book examines the development of science fiction film and its representations of gender, from the groundbreaking films of 1968—including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barbarella and Planet of the Apes—through its often overlooked “Middle Period,” which includes such films as Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), The Stepford Wives (1975) and A Boy and His Dog (1975).
The author examines intersections of gender and race in The Omega Man (1971) and Frogs (1972), gender and dystopia in Soylent Green (1973) and Logan’s Run (1976), and gender and computers in Demon Seed (1977). The big-budget films of the late 1970s—Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien and Star Wars—are also discussed.

About the Author(s)

Bonnie Noonan is an associate professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana. She lives in New Orleans.

Bibliographic Details

Bonnie Noonan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: 26 photos, appendices, notes, filmographies, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5974-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2210-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1. Trajectories of ­Post-Fifties Science Fiction Films 11

2. 1968: A Spectacular Science Fictional Year 47

3. Gender and… 75

4. The Outliers 124

Conclusion. A Revitalization of the Science Fiction Film Genre 149

Filmographies (1964–1979) 161


I. The Outer Limits Actors 189

II. The Outer Limits Women 191

III. Women in Science Fiction Films (1964–1979) 194

IV. Spouses (1964–1979) 196

Chapter Notes 199

Bibliography 203

Index 207