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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture$
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Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, and Michael R. II Howard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808714

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.001.0001

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date: 19 December 2018

Hillary Orbits an Alternative Universe Earth: Interpreting the USA Network’s Political Animals as Science Fiction

Hillary Orbits an Alternative Universe Earth: Interpreting the USA Network’s Political Animals as Science Fiction

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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture
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Marleen S. Barr

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.003.0009

Marleen S. Barr’s “Hillary Orbits an Alternative Universe Earth: Interpreting the USA Network’s Political Animals as Science Fiction” concludes the section with an exploration of Sigourney Weaver’s character, Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond, as a fantasy figure. Weaver resonates contextually through the science fictional heroines she portrayed in Aliens and Avatar while her character in Political Animals (2012) echoes the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Through such parallels, argues Barr, the series exemplifies a power fantasy, recasting Clinton as an alternative history superhero.

Keywords:   Hilary Clinton, Political Animals, Elaine Barrish Hammond, Alternative History, Sigourney Weaver

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