To write like a woman : essays in feminism and science fiction /

by Russ, Joanna.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1995Description: xvi, 181 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0253209838 (pbk. : alk. paper) :; 0253329140 (cloth : alk. paper).Title notes: c.1 $12.95 2-97Subject(s): American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc | English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc | Science fiction -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc | Gender identity in literature | Authorship -- Sex differences | Feminism and literature | Sex role in literature | Women and literature
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>" To Write Like a Woman is a rare example of a feminist tackling science fictuion using postmodern theory, which makes for a much more sophisticated and nuanced appraisal than the usual fare." --Passion</p> <p>"Russ' essays are witty and insightful. An excellent book for any writer or reader." --Feminist Bookstore News</p> <p>"In her new book of essays . . . Russ continues to debunk and demand, edify and entertain. . . . Appreciative of surface aesthetics, she continually delves deeper than most critics, yet in terms so simple and accessible that her essays read like lively, angry, humorous dialogues conducted face-to-face with the author. Russ is the antithesis of the distant critic in her ivory tower." --Paul Di Filippo, The Washington Post Book World</p> <p>" . . . 20 years of the author's feisty reports from the front lines of literature." --The San Francisco Review of Books</p> <p>"This is a book of imaginative and provoking essays, but you should read it for the sheer fun of it." --The Women's Review of Books</p> <p>"Collects more than two decades of criticism by Joanna Russ, one of the most perceptive, forthright and eloquent feminist commentators around." --Feminist Bookstore News</p> <p>" . . . a super book. . . .This is a book that, for once, really will appeal to readers of all kinds." --Utopian Studies</p> <p>"If you enjoy science fiction, this is definitely a book that you'll want to talk about. I found myself sneaking a few pages at times when I really didn't have time to read." --Jan Catano, Atlantis</p> <p>Classic essays on science fiction and feminism by Nebula and Hugo award-winning Joanna Russ. Here she ranges from a consideration of the aesthetic of science fiction to a reading of the lesbian identity of Willa Cather. To Write Like a Woman includes essays on horror stories and the supernatural, feminist utopias, popular literature for women (the "modern gothic"), and the feminist education of graduate students in English.</p>

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1
  • 1 Towards an Aesthetic of Science Fiction
  • 2 Speculations: The Subjunctivity of Science Fiction
  • 3 SF and Technology as Mystification
  • 4 Amor Vincit Foeminam: The Battle of the Sexes in science Fiction
  • 5 On the Fascination of Horror Stories, Including Lovecraft's
  • 6 A Boy and His Dog: The Final Solution
  • Part 2
  • 7 What Can a Heroine Do? or Why Women Can't Write
  • 8 Somebody's Trying to Kill Me and I Think It's My Husband: The Modern Gothic
  • 9 On mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • 10 Recent Feminist Utopias
  • 11 To Write "Like a Woman": Transformations of Identity in the Work of Willa Cather
  • 12 On "The Yellow Wallpaper"
  • 13 Is "Smashing" Erotic?
  • 14 Letter to Susan Koppelman

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