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The Alien Memories Project

  • Martin Barker
  • Kate Egan
  • Tom Phillips
  • Sarah Ralph

Abstract

Chapter 1 explains the background to and reasons for our project, and the story of the making of the film is briefy retold. It examines the extent to which Alien has become a point of reference and reuse within a wide range of kinds of popular culture. It also explores its highly unusual position within academic debates, and illustrates the role that claims and assumptions about ‘the audience’ play within these debates. Te rationale for the design and methodology of our project is outlined, including a consideration of the role of specifc kinds of cultural knowledge within this. A first summary of results is given, with particular attention to how our participants perceived and understood Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), and H. R. Giger’s alien.

Keywords:

academic debates Ellen Ripley Giger’s alien Intertextual references quali-quantitative survey 

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Copyright information

© Martin Barker, Kate Egan, Tom Philips, and Sarah Ralph 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Barker
    • 1
  • Kate Egan
    • 1
  • Tom Phillips
    • 2
  • Sarah Ralph
    • 3
  1. 1.Aberystwyth UniversityUK
  2. 2.University of East AngliaUK
  3. 3.Northumbria UniversityUK

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