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

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

by Marleen S. Barr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807844217

ISBN-13: 9780807844212

Pub. Date: 11/01/1993

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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 postmodern literary canons with radical alternatives to mainstream patriarchal society. Because feminist science fiction challenges male-centered social…  See more details below

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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 postmodern 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807844212
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/01/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Marge Piercy: Marleen Barr's Lost and Foundix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction: Patriarchal Hocus-Pocus1
Part IBefore Feminist Fabulation: Feminist Science Fiction
Chapter 1.Thelma and Louise: Driving toward Feminist Science Fiction21
Chapter 2.Anne McCaffrey Portrays a Female Artist30
Chapter 3.Suzy McKee Charnas, Sally Gearhart, and Marge Piercy Depict Sex and the Single Feminist Utopian Quasi-tribesperson39
Chapter 4.Jessica Amanda Salmonson's "The Prodigal Daughter" and Feminist Science Fiction's Traditions50
Chapter 5.Science Fiction's Invisible Female Men: Joanna Russ's "When It Changed" and James Tiptree's "The Women Men Don't See"59
Chapter 6.Men in Feminist Science Fiction: Marge Piercy, Thomas Berger, and the End of Masculinity67
Chapter 7.Suzy McKee Charnas, Zoe Fairbairns, Katherine Marcuse, and Kate Wilhelm Blur Generic Conventions: Pregnancy and Power in Feminist Science Fiction81
Part IIAfter Feminist Fabulation: Feminist Postmodernism
Chapter 8.Octavia Butler and James Tiptree Do Not Write about Zap Guns: Positioning Feminist Science Fiction within Feminist Fabulation97
Chapter 9.Antipatriarchal Fabulation; or, The Green Pencils Are Coming, the Green Pencils Are Coming108
Chapter 10.Haroun and Seeing Women's Stories: Salman Rushdie and Marianne Wiggins141
Chapter 11.Ursula Le Guin's "Sur" as Exemplary Humanist and Antihumanist Text154
Chapter 12.Aliens, Airplanes, and Cultural Cross-dressing: Reading Buchi Emecheta, Haruki Murakami, and Paul Theroux171
Chapter 13.Ms. Sammler's Planet: Margaret Atwood, Saul Bellow, and Joanna Russ Rescue the Female Child's Story196
Permissions223
Index225

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