Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond / Edition 1

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Archaeologists and anthropologists discover other civilizations; science fiction writers invent them. In this collection of her major essays, Marleen Barr argues that feminist science fiction writers contribute to post-modern literary canons with radical alternatives to mainstream patriarchal society. Because feminist science fiction challenges male-centered social imperatives, it has been marginalized and dismissed from the canon -- thus, lost in space.

Moving beyond feminist science fiction itself, Barr goes on to examine other literary genres from the perspective of "feminist fabulation" -- a term she has coined to encompass science fiction, fantasy, utopian literature, and mainstream literature that critiques patriarchal fictions. Discussing the works of such writers as Margaret Atwood, Joanna Russ, Salman Rushdie, Paul Theroux, Ursula Le Guin, Herman Melville, Saul Bellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and Marge Piercy, Barr illuminates feminist science fiction's connections to other literary traditions and contemporary canons. Her critical analysis yields a new and expanded understanding of feminist creativity.

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Editorial Reviews

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Excellent and ground-breaking scholarship.

Donna Haraway, University of California, Santa Cruz

What looks at first glance like a typical lit-crit, academic study is really a delight.

The Progressive

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807821084
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Marleen S. Barr, associate professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is author of Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory and Feminist Fabulation: Space/Postmodern Fiction.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Marleen Barr's Lost and Found
Introduction: Patriarchal Hocus-Pocus 1
Pt. I Before Feminist Fabulation: Feminist Science Fiction
Ch. 1 Thelma and Louise: Driving toward Feminist Science Fiction 21
Ch. 2 Anne McCaffrey Portrays a Female Artist 30
Ch. 3 Suzy McKee Charnas, Sally Gearhart, and Marge Piercy Depict Sex and the Single Feminist Utopian Quasi-tribesperson 39
Ch. 4 Jessica Amanda Salmonson's "The Prodigal Daughter" and Feminist Science Fiction's Traditions 50
Ch. 5 Science Fiction's Invisible Female Men: Joanna Russ's "When It Changed" and James Tiptree's "The Women Men Don't See," 59
Ch. 6 Men in Feminist Science Fiction: Marge Piercy, Thomas Berger, and the End of Masculinity 67
Ch. 7 Suzy McKee Charnas, Zoe Fairbairns, Katherine Marcuse, and Kate Wilhelm Blur Generic Conventions: Pregnancy and Power in Feminist Science Fiction 81
Pt. II After Feminist Fabulation: Feminist Postmodernism
Ch. 8 Octavia Butler and James Tiptree Do Not Write about Zap Guns: Positioning Feminist Science Fiction within Feminist Fabulation 97
Ch. 9 Antipatriarchal Fabulation; or, The Green Pencils Are Coming, the Green Pencils Are Coming 108
Ch. 10 Haroun and Seeing Women's Stories: Salman Rushdie and Marianne Wiggins 141
Ch. 11 Ursula Le Guin's "Sur" as Exemplary Humanist and Antihumanist Text 154
Ch. 12 Aliens, Airplanes, and Cultural Cross-dressing: Reading Buchi Emecheta, Haruki Murakami, and Paul Theroux 171
Ch. 13 Ms. Sammler's Planet: Margaret Atwood, Saul Bellow, and Joanna Russ Rescue the Female Child's Story 196
Permissions 223
Index 225
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