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Women in Science Fiction

*Watch Online/In person For thousands of years, some men assumed that the original or ideal human type was male, with women being pictured as weaker or imperfect men. This ancient prejudice inspired fictions from E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Sandman (1816) to Ira Levin’s novel The Stepford Wives (1972). This lecture looks at fantasies of artificial women (usually seen by their male creators as superior to biological women) to examine the complex connections between science and gender roles.

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Speakers

Professor Jim is Visiting Gresham Professor in the History of Science. He is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Sussex and specialises in Victorian natural history and the modern genetics and has presented programmes for BBC Radio 4.

Location

Gresham College Barnard's Inn Hall Holborn EC1N 2HH

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