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Dancing the Tao: Le Guin and Moral Development takes an original approach to Ursula K. Le Guin's work - speculative fiction, poetry and children's literature - by considering her Taoist upbringing and then looking through the lens of moral development theorists such as Carol Gilligan and Mary Field Belenky, and psychologists such as Lenore Terr and Jennifer J. Freyd. It is the most comprehensive approach to Le Guin's moral thinking to date. A particular emphasis is put on Le Guin's depiction of physical and sexual child abuse and its long term aftereffects such as post traumatic stress disorder. The focus throughout the book is on how morality develops through self-awareness and voice, how moral decisions are made and how Le Guin challenges readers to reconsider their own moral thinking. This book covers all of Le Guin's major works such as The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, the Earthsea Series, Always Coming Home, The Telling and Lavinia, and it also looks in depth at work that is rarely discussed such as Le Guin's early work, her poetry, and her picture books.
|Publisher:||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Sandra J. Lindow has a Master's of Science degree in Teaching English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has taught literature, reading and writing since 1972. For twenty-five years, she worked as a Title I Reading and Writing Specialist in a treatment center for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. Presently she lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin and teaches part time at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Lindow has published widely in the area of feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy criticism including in anthologies, encyclopedias and such journals as Extrapolation, New York Review of Science Fiction, Foundation, Journal of the Fantastic and the Arts, and SF Studies. She has published seven books of poetry and has received many awards for her poetry including nineteen Rhysling nominations for the best long or short speculative poem published in a certain year.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Carrier Bags for Moral Development 1
Chapter 1 Rescuing the Damaged Child 6
Chapter 2 Mapping the Walls of The Dispossessed 22
Chapter 3 Recovering the Wild: Body, Mythology and Deity in Le Guin's Poetry 41
Chapter 4 Always Coming Home, the Messiness of Morality and the Morality of Messiness 62
Chapter 5 Le Guin's Picture Books: Constructing Community through Interconnected Webs of Language, Art and Gender 97
Chapter 6 Catwings: Childhood Trauma and Recovery, Animal as Guide through the Inner Space of the Unconscious 109
Chapter 7 Becoming Dragon: The Transcendence of the Damaged Child 120
Chapter 8 Aging, Generativity and Moral Development in Four Ways to Forgiveness and The Birthday of the World 136
Chapter 9 Sometimes it takes a Leap: Decision Making and the Tao within The Telling 158
Chapter 10 Wild Gifts and Abuses of Power 172
Chapter 11 Moving Toward Marriage: Sex, Gender and Relationship in The Left Hand of Darkness and The Birthday of the World 203
Chapter 12 Lavinia: A Woman Reinvents Herself in Fact and/or Fiction 232
Conclusion: Wei Wu Wei and the Wisdom of Not Doing 249
About the Author 259
Works Cited 260