115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mutiny on the Sofa: Historical Patterns of Patriarchy and Family Structure in Science Fiction

Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College

Space exploration has historically been the province of corporations and nation states, yet our Sscience Fictional imagination is rife with images of autonomous and cohesive families. This paper will examine such texts as Robert Heinlein's The Rolling Stones and Disney's Miles from Tomorrowland to interrogate what these fantasies of cosmic adventure have to say about our own contemporary visions of family structure and patriarchal authority.

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