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Star Trek

The Human Frontier

By Duncan Barrett, Duncan Barrett

Routledge – 2001 – 256 pages

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Description

Michèle and Duncan Barrett are mother and son - she a distinguished social theorist now working in literary and cultural studies, he a writer still in his teens. Together they take Star Trek - the TV series, films, and related projects - and explore it for what it tells us (and asks) about being human. From the progressive politics that underpinned the original program to the declining faith in rationalism that haunts Deep Space Nine and Voyager, the Star Trek story has grappled with powerful philosophical and social issues.

And throughout its thirty-year history, Star Trek has explored its themes through the metaphors of Western maritime exploration. Yet unlike the voyagers of earlier centuries, its crews have sailed not by sea but by galaxy. But in search of what?

As Michèle and Duncan Barrett persuasively demonstrate here, the continuing voyage of Star Trek is a quest not for new lands but for new answers: what does it mean to be human? Witten for both the true Trekker and the complete novice, Star Trek: The Human Frontier is that rare work of cultural studies, informed by the knowledge of literature, social thought, and popular culture.

Reviews

"The Barretts offer a perceptive and thorough reading of the several series and movies, organizing their discussion around the franchise's idea of what it means to be, or not to be, human." -- Rudi Dornemann IainTaxi Review of Books

"A book that is a delight to read. If this is what intergenerational authorship can accomplish, we should all start writing with our kids." -- Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"As we stand on the threshold of the age of human cloning, the leading question asked by this engaging book - What is human? - could hardly be more timely. The Barretts offer persuasive answers in their thorough analysis of a media phenomenon that has touched virtually everyone who lives in a technologically advanced society." -- Andrew Ross, New York University

"A book that is a delight to read. If this is what intergenerational authorship can accomplish, we should all start writing with our kids." -- Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Contents

Introduction: Earthrise

Part I. The Starry Sea

Part II. Humanity on Trial

Part III. The Post-Modern Tack

Conclusion: Exhuming the Human

Notes

Bibliography

General Index

Index of Episodes

Author Bio

Michèle Barrett is Professor of Modern Literary and Cultural Theory at Queen Mary, University of London. Among her books are Imagination in Theory, The Politics of Truth, and the feminist classic Women's Oppression Today. Duncan Barrett is a student at City of London School.

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Description: By Duncan Barrett, Duncan Barrett. Michèle and Duncan Barrett are mother and son - she a distinguished social theorist now working in literary and cultural studies, he a writer still in his teens. Together they take Star Trek - the TV series, films, and related projects - and...
Categories: Cultural Studies, Television, Science Fiction