BDSM in American Science Fiction and Fantasy

Hardcover | November 27, 2012

byLewis Call

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This is a history of the decades-long love affair between a powerful alternative sexuality called BDSM (bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism) and an innovative narrative genre called science fiction and fantasy (SF&F). The book shows how SF&F provides easy access to the language, symbols, rituals and ethics of BDSM. Science fiction and fantasy offer strikingly positive representations of BDSM, while the marginal status of SF&F ensures that these representations will not normalize BDSM out of existence. These sympathetic yet subversive representations encourage audiences to view BDSM as an ethical sexuality, while simultaneously permitting BDSM to retain its transgressive identity. This book explores representations of BDSM in the Wonder Woman comics of the 1940s, in the novels and short stories that Samuel Delany and James Tiptree wrote between the 1960s and 1980s, and in the television shows of the 1990s and 2000s: Buffy, Angel, Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse.

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This is a history of the decades-long love affair between a powerful alternative sexuality called BDSM (bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism) and an innovative narrative genre called science fiction and fantasy (SF&F). The book shows how SF&F provides easy access to the language, symbols, rituals and ethics of BD...

LEWIS CALL is an associate professor of History at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA. He is the author of Postmodern Anarchism and numerous articles about post-anarchism. He has written extensively about alternative narrative genres like science fiction and fantasy, alternative sexualities like BDSM, and th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10.34 × 5.7 × 0.82 inPublished:November 27, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230348041

ISBN - 13:9780230348042

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Table of Contents

Introduction: BDSM + SF&F = Love
Submitting to a Loving Mistress: BDSM in William Moulton Marston's Wonder Woman Comics
Structures of Desire: BDSM in the Science Fiction and Fantasy of Samuel R. Delany
'This Wondrous Death': Power, Sex and Death in the Science Fiction of James Tiptree, Jr.
Death, Sex and the Cylon: Battlestar Galactica's Existential Kink
'Sounds Like Kinky Business to Me': BDSM on Buffy and Angel
'It's About Trust': Slavery and Ethics in the Dollhouse
Bibliography
Index