Originally from Chile, Dr. Ximena Gallardo C. is a gender and film scholar who has published and presented widely on issues of representation in popular culture. She is currently working on a comprehensive study of women and gender in science fiction cinema entitled She Came from Outer Space.
Dr. Gallardo is also Feminism editor for Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (www.reconstruction.ws), and the co-chair for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area for the Southwest and Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association (www.geocities.com/pcascifi). Her first book, Alien Woman (Continuum, 2004), a study of the representation of women and gender in the Alien film series, was co-authored with C. Jason Smith.
Schools Attended: Louisiana State University.
Area of Specialization: British literature, Gender Theory and Film Theory, Ethnic Literatures, and Composition.
Favorite Quote: "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." -- Catherine Aird
Authors I teach: Whenever I teach essays, novels, and short stories, I usually choose at least one article or essay by Barbara Ehrenreich, Gloria Naylor’s Bailey’s Café or Mama Day, and at least one work by Octavia Butler: “Bloodchild,” Dawn, or Wild Seed.
When I teach drama, I always include at least one play by William Shakespeare (my usual choices are Othello, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and King Lear), and several selections from the following: Los Vendidos by Luis Valdez, Dutchman by Imamu Amiri Baraka, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith, Jeffrey by Paul Rudnick, Betrayal by Harold Pinter, Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman, M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
My choices for poetry vary enormously, but I tend to fall back on one or more of these poets: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot, Plath, Angelou, Piercy.
Books: Alien Woman: The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley. Co-author. New York: Continuum, 2004. Winner of the 2005 Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Association Book Award.
Articles: "Happily Ever After: Harry Potter and the Quest for the Domestic." Co-author. Reading Harry Potter Again: New Critical Essays. Ed. Giselle Liza Anatole. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009.
"The Alien Film Series." Co-author. Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Vol. II. Ed. Robin Reid. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2008: 3-5.
"Feminism." An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett. Ed. Andrew M. Butler. Oxford: Greenwood, 2007. 149-152.
"Sexism." An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett. Ed. Andrew M. Butler. Oxford: Greenwood, 2007. 331-333.
"Alien: The History of Xenosex." Den of Geek. Dec. 19 2007.
"Oy Science Fiction: On Genre, Criticism, and Alien Love: An Interview with Marleen S. Barr." Co-author. Fem-scape, a special edition of Reconstruction. 5.4 (Winter 2005). n.p. 5 pp.
"How the Online Classroom Changed the Way I Teach." In Transit: The LaGuardia Journal on Teaching and Learning 1.1 (Fall 2005): 23-27.
"'Who Are You?': Alien/Woman as Post-human Subject in Alien Resurrection." Post.human.ous, a special edition of Reconstruction: An Interdisciplinary Research Community 4.3 (Summer 2004). n.p. 13 pp.
"Cinderfella: J. K. Rowling's Wily Web of Gender." Co-author. Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays. Ed. Giselle Liza Anatole. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003. 191-205.
Editions: Fem-scape, a special edition of Reconstruction: An Interdisciplinary Research Community 5.4 (Winter 2005).
Post.human.ous, a special edition of Reconstruction. Co-editor. Reconstruction: An Interdisciplinary Research Community 4.3 (Summer 2004).
Websites: LaGuardia Community College's 2007-2008 Common Reading Companion Website to An Inconvenient Truth. Content manager. LaGuardia Community College. 2007-2008.