The Female Man

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Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she's a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man's world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women exist. And Jael is a warrior with steel teeth and catlike retractable claws, from an earth with separate-and warring-female and male societies. When these four women meet, the results are ...

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Overview

Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she's a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man's world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women exist. And Jael is a warrior with steel teeth and catlike retractable claws, from an earth with separate-and warring-female and male societies. When these four women meet, the results are startling, outrageous, and subversive.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
As hard and mean and fine as Flannery O'Connor. . . . I wish that everyone would read Joanna Russ' books. -Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

"Joanna Russ offers a gallery of some of the most interesting female protagonists in current fiction, women who are rarely victims and sometimes even victors, but always engaged sharply and perceptively with their fate." -Marge Piercy

"A stunning book, a work to be read with great respect. It's also screamingly funny." -Elizabeth Lynn, San Francisco Review of Books

"A work of frightening power, but it is also a work of great fictional subtlety. . . . It should appeal to all intelligent people who look for exciting ideation, crackling dialogue, provocative fictional games-playing in their reading." -Douglas Barbour, Toronto Star

Gale Research
The Female Man is perhaps the novel in which Russ's feminist ideas are most completely expressed. The book's four heroines--each from a different time and place--represent different possibilities for women in society. "Each of these fictional realities," writes Barbara Garland in theDictionary of Literary Biography, "makes a statement about the self versus society and about male versus female: and each has a distinctive style." In their book Science Fiction: History, Science, Vision, Robert Scholes and Eric S. Rabkin find that in The Female Man, Russ "has used the visionary potential of science fiction to convey the contrast between life as it is presently lived by many women and life as it might be. Among other things, Russ has demonstrated the unique potential of science fiction for embodying radically different life styles, which can hardly be conveyed in fiction bound by the customs of present literature."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807062999
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 3/17/2000
  • Series: Bluestreak Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 239,738
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Nebula and Hugo Award winner Joanna Russ is the author of The Adventures of Alyx, Extra(Ordinary) People, and To Write Like a Woman, among many other books.

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