How to Suppress Women's Writing

How to Suppress Women's Writing

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How to Suppress Women's Writing by Joanna Russ

Are women able to achieve anything they set their minds to? In How to Suppress Women’s Writing, award-winning novelist and scholar Joanna Russ lays bare the subtle—and not so subtle—strategies that society uses to ignore, condemn, or belittle women who produce literature. As relevant today as when it was first published in 1983, this book has motivated generations of readers with its powerful feminist critique.

“What is it going to take to break apart these rigidities? Russ’s book is a formidable attempt. It is angry without being self-righteous, it is thorough without being exhausting, and it is serious without being devoid of a sense of humor. But it was published over thirty years ago, in 1983, and there’s not an enormous difference between the world she describes and the world we inhabit.”
—Jessa Crispin, from the foreword

“A book of the most profound and original clarity. Like all clear-sighted people who look and see what has been much mystified and much lied about, Russ is quite excitingly subversive. The study of literature should never be the same again.”
—Marge Piercy

“Joanna Russ is a brilliant writer, a writer of real moral passion and high wit.”
—Adrienne Rich

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477316252
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 503,378
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Joanna Russ (1937–2011) was a widely respected feminist science fiction writer best known for the novel The Female Man. She was also a professor of English at the University of Washington who published several collections of essays and literary criticism.

Jessa Crispin is the founder and editor of Bookslut.com. She is the author of The Dead Ladies Project and Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Jessa Crispin
  • Prologue
  • 1. Prohibitions
  • 2. Bad Faith
  • 3. Denial of Agency
  • 4. Pollution of Agency
  • 5. The Double Standard of Content
  • 6. False Categorizing
  • 7. Isolation
  • 8. Anomalousness
  • 9. Lack of Models
  • 10. Responses
  • 11. Aesthetics
  • Epilogue
  • Author’s Note
  • Afterword
  • Notes
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Phyllis Chesler

"Extraordinary and original ...feminist literary criticism rarely explores the social context in which literature is selected for posterity. This, Russ does persuasively, movingly, and in the finest of critical traditions."

Marge Piercy

"A book of the most profound and original clarity. Like all clear-sighted people who look and see what has been much mystified and much lied about, Russ is quite excitingly subversive. The study of literature should never be the same again . . ."

Annette Kolodny

"A quirky, irreverent, iconoclastic, idiosyncratic piece of work. It catalogues all the various attitudinal problems and misconceptions ...that allow us to disregard or even discard the artistic productions of women. By defining these patterns so clearly and succinctly, Russ holds a mirror before us—a mirror in which we can see ourselves anew."

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