Spock: A Study of the Homoromantic/Asexual Vulcan

Girard, Danielle (2019) Spock: A Study of the Homoromantic/Asexual Vulcan. Fantastika Journal, 3 (1). pp. 31-45. ISSN 2514-8915

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This article seeks to reread Star Trek’s Vulcan race from a contemporary standpoint as an example of a post-identitarian text that more closely manifests as asexual rather than homoerotic. It explores the evident ties between the Vulcan mating cycle and asexuality as well as several key instances of Spock’s sexual performativity acting opposite to his established character (with a particular focus on “Amok Time,” “Journey to Babel,” and “This Side of Paradise”). The article argues against the binaries of a post-identitarian world and instead explores how Science Fiction texts can be used to locate alternative sexualities and romantic identities in order to remap and reshape assumptions embedded by the heteronormative binary.

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