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A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

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Demeter and Persephone in space: transformation, femininity, and myth in the Alien films

 

David Greven

David Greven is Associate Professor of English at Connecticut College. He is the author of Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush (University of Texas Press, 2009), Gender and Sexuality in "Star Trek" (McFarland, 2009), and Men Beyond Desire: Manhood, Sex, and Violation in American Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). His essays have appeared in such journals Cinema Journal, New Literary History, American Quarterly, Studies in American Fiction, Refractory, Genders, Poe Studies, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. "Demeter and Persephone in Space" emerges from a current book project, Female Transformations: From the Woman's Film to Modern Horror. His book The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and The Politics of Gender is under publisher's review.