Lois McMaster Bujold: Essays on a Modern Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Lois McMaster Bujold has won a shelf full of awards--Hugos, Nebulas, and others--for both her science fiction and fantasy writing. She is one of the most respected names in the field, always delivering polished, thoughtful, and well-crafted writing. She consistently addresses great issues and problems on a human level, where they are faced by quirky, prickly, and very real characters, and her exploration of the theory of reader-response is an important critical contribution. Yet there has been a surprising dearth...

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Lois McMaster Bujold has won a shelf full of awards--Hugos, Nebulas, and others--for both her science fiction and fantasy writing. She is one of the most respected names in the field, always delivering polished, thoughtful, and well-crafted writing. She consistently addresses great issues and problems on a human level, where they are faced by quirky, prickly, and very real characters, and her exploration of the theory of reader-response is an important critical contribution. Yet there has been a surprising dearth of serious critical writing about her output--in part because she resists neat and easy classification by genre, politics, or subject matter. This collection of fresh essays aims to correct that situation by presenting critical insights into many aspects of her writing. Attention is given to both her Miles Vorkosigan science fiction series and her Chalion and Sharing Knife fantasy series, as well as the books that fall outside these series.

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Janet Brennan Croft is Head of Access Services at University of Oklahoma Libraries in Norman, Oklahoma. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Forward Momentum Janet Brennan Croft 9

A Note on Editions and Abbreviations 7

Love and Death in the Vorkosiverse: An Interview with Lois McMaster Bujold Sandra J. Lindow 9

From Both Sides Now: Bujold and the Fan Fiction Phenomenon Amy H. Sturgis 16

Legitimacy and Legibility: Rereading Civil Discourse Through Feminist Figurations in Cordelia's Honor Regina Yung Lee 27

The Influence of Family and Moral Development in Bujold's Vorkosigan Series Sandra J. Lindow 50

The Soldier and the Cipher: Miles, Mark, and the Naming Plots of Bujold's Vorkosiverse Janet Brennan Croft 61

The Emperor's Shoe: Power, Home, and the Other in the Vorkosigan Saga Andrew Hallam 77

Chaos and Quest: Miles Vorkosigan's Disability Narrative Virginia Bemis 104

Broken Brothers in Arms: Acting the Man in The Warrior's Apprentice Linda Wight 116

Difference and Ability: Conceptualizing Bodily Variation in the Vorkosigan Series Shannan Palma 134

The Decay of the Cyborg Body in Bujold's Memory Sylvia Kelso 148

From Iberian to Ibran and Catholic to Quintarian: Bujold's Alternate History of the Spanish Reconquest in the Chalion Series David D. Oberhelman 159

(Absent) Gods and Sharing Knives: The Purposes of Lois McMaster Bujold's Fantastic Ir/Religions John Lennard 172

Appendix: Bibliography and Awards 195

About the Contributors 197

Index 199

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