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Joanna Russ, Feminism, Science Fiction

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 18


April 1st, 1999

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In this major study of the work of Joanna Russ, Jeanne Cortiel gives a clear introduction to the major feminist issues relevant to Russ’s work and assesses its development. The book will be especially valuable for students of SF and feminist SF, especially in its concern with the function of woman-based intertextuality. Although Cortiel deals principally with Russ’s novels, she also examines her short stories, and the focus on critically neglected texts is a particularly valuable feature of the study.

Jeanne Cortiel offers a single author study of Joanna Russ's works in the context on the history of late-twentieth-century feminism. The book is well written and elegantly argued ...
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Prof. Dr. Jeanne Cortiel is Professor of American Studies at the University of Bayreuth.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Table of Contents5
Part One: Agency21
Introduction to Part One23
1: The Act of Telling: Who is the Subject of Narrative Action?25
2: Acts of Violence: Representations of Androcide54
3: The Revolutionary Act: A Dialectic of Sex/Gender in The Female Man84
Part Two: Sexuality101
Introduction to Part Two103
4: Author-izing the Female: Women Loving Women Loving Women107
5: Patterns of Innocence: The Rescue of the Female Child138
6: Lesbian Existence: Impossible Dreams of Exteriority163
Part Three: Indeterminacy175
Introduction to Part Three177
7: Patterns of Experience: Sappho and the Erotics of the Generation Gap182
8: The Great, Grand Palimpsest of Me: Fragmented Locations and Identities205
9: Vampires, Cyborgs and Disguises: Politics of the Theatrical218
Primary Bibliography243
Secondary Bibliography253
Index of Names259
Index of Novels and Short Stories by Joanna Russ261