Neon Hauntings: Gender, Bodies and Terrain in Blade Runner

This essay was originally published in Slate Film & Moving Image Journal (April 12th, 2016)

Just as architecture is never devoid of signification or of discourse, the female body is always a site upon which a complex politics is at work. The nostalgic-dystopic politics of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner are mapped explicitly onto the film’s neon-lit landscape, and are articulated through the bound or bloodied female bodies that inhabit it.

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