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By Marleen S. Barr

ISBN-10: 0877457034

ISBN-13: 9780877457039

What do Amsterdam prostitutes, NASA astronauts, cross-dressing texts, and Star Trek  characters have in common?  In Genre Fission, Marleen Barr wittily and eccentrically revitalizes cultural and literary conception via studying the issues the place such drastically various different types meet, converge, and reemerge as whatever new.

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The new frontier isn’t out there. It’s in here. In the heart. It’s in us. . If it’s not in here, it’s not anywhere” (67– 68). The new frontier involves ensconcing a new myth — the story of strong women leaders — within America’s inner space, within its heart. The new frontier involves imbuing this inner discourse with the devotion we shower upon the Star Trek myth and the Kennedy saga. ’s term “coevolution” addresses the North American novels (all published between 1993 and 1994) I discuss here.

The Enterprise is at once a part of Star Fleet Command and outside Star Fleet Command. JFK was at once a part of and, as a Catholic, outside America’s political hegemony. Kennedy’s Camelot and Picard’s Enterprise battle the same enemy: the fixed definition. JFK confronted the Russians, the single-minded Communist ideology; Picard confronts the Borg, the single-minded mechanistic communal entity. Picard, who interferes with alien cultures, counters the Prime Directive master narrative. Jackie, who interfered with American cultural isolation, countered an American cultural master narrative: Huck Finn’s desire to escape civilization.

The Enterprise, whose task is “to seek out new life and new civilizations,” exists to discover and understand the Other. The Enterprise is at once a part of Star Fleet Command and outside Star Fleet Command. JFK was at once a part of and, as a Catholic, outside America’s political hegemony. Kennedy’s Camelot and Picard’s Enterprise battle the same enemy: the fixed definition. JFK confronted the Russians, the single-minded Communist ideology; Picard confronts the Borg, the single-minded mechanistic communal entity.

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