Breeding Ambiguity: The Womb as Alien Space in the X-Files
The prospect of maternity and moments of birth are frequent narrative elements in twentieth-century American science fiction and horror. In narratives like that of the Alien film series, human bodies become grotesque wombs for alien fetuses, and the moment of birth is lethal and terrifying. If at times these images of birth refuse to correspond to actual female anatomy, the new life that emerges is almost always figured as infantile, even if it is monstrous. In many such fictions, both the alien fetus and the body that carries it come to represent the ultimate threat to human society. The space of the mother’s body, accordingly, is the focus for description, visualization, and imaginative speculation.
KeywordsMaternal Body Alien Invasion Family Narrative Pregnant Body Mystical Vision
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