Feminist Utopian Novels of the 1970s: Joanna Russ and Dorothy Bryant
Feminist Utopian Novels of the 1970s: Joanna Russ and Dorothy Bryant

Feminist Utopian Novels of the 1970s: Joanna Russ and Dorothy Bryant

by Tatiana Teslenko, Teslenko Tatian


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This book presents an exploration of the reinvented utopia that provided second-wave feminists of the 1970s with a conceptual space to articulate the politics of change. Tatiana Teslenko argues that utopian fiction of this decade offered a means of validating the personal as well as the political, and of criticizing a patriarchal social order. Teslenko reveals feminists' attempt through fiction to envision a new political order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415967877
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/19/2003
Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory Series
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)

About the Author

Tatiana Teslenko teaches at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her research interests are genre studies, feminist criticism, cultural theory, and utopian studies. Most recently, she co-edited The Rhetoric and Ideology of Genre, in which she published a chapter entitled "Ideology and Genre: Heteroglossia of Soviet Genre Theories."

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Rhetoric of Identification
New Rhetoric of Genre
Chapter 1: Utopia and Utopianism
Utopia and Ideology
Utopia as Literary Genre
Chapter 2: Utopianism and Feminism
Scraping False Dichotomies
Genre Transformation
Chapter 3: Dorothy Bryant: Saving the Human Race
The Real World
Utopian Chronotope
Utopian People
Dream-time: Fluid Meaning and Rigid Word
The Law of Light
Chapter 4: Joanna Russ: New Meaning for Old Concepts
Calculated Ambiguity
Janet the Savior
Jeannine: Cognitive Starvation
Jael: Terror of Terrorism
Joanna: Usurp the Denied
Identification Revisited
Conclusion: Utopian Genre as Feminist Strategy

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