In this Book

Wesleyan University Press
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Joanna Russ, a feminist writer best known for The Female Man (1975), has produced a fierce, intense body of fiction and essays whose influence has been wide-ranging and complex. Her many publications include How to Suppress Women’s Writing (1983), and she has won both of science fiction's most prestigious awards, the Nebula and the Hugo. The essays in this volume examine every aspect of Russ’s body of work and provide a critical assessment that is long overdue. The first part of the book, “Criticism and Community,” gives readers a context for and overview of Russ’s works, and includes discussions of Russ’s role in the creation of a feminist science fiction tradition. The second part, “Fiction,” offers detailed analyses of some of Russ’s writing.

Contributors include: Andrew M. Butler, Brian Charles Clark, Samuel R. Delany, Edward James , Sandra Lindow, Keridwen Luis, Paul March-Russell, Helen Merrick, Dianne Newell, Graham Sleight, Jenéa Tallentire, Jason Vest, Sherryl Vint, Pat Wheeler, Tess Williams, Gary K. Wolfe, and Lisa Yaszek.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Part I: Criticism and Community
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Alyx among the Genres
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. 2. Russ on Writing Science Fiction and Reviewing It
  2. pp. 19-30
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  1. 3. A History of One’s Own: Joanna Russ and the Creation of a Feminist SF Tradition
  2. pp. 31-47
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  1. 4. The Female “Atlas” of Science Fiction? Russ, Feminism and the SF Community
  2. pp. 48-63
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  1. 5. Learning the “Prophet Business”: The Merril-Russ Intersection
  2. pp. 64-80
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  1. Part II: Fiction
  2. p. 81
  1. 6. Joanna Russ’s The Two of Them in an Age of Third-wave Feminism
  2. pp. 83-98
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  1. 7. “That Is Not Me. I Am Not That”: Anger and the Will to Action in Joanna Russ’s Fiction
  2. pp. 99-113
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  1. 8. Les Human Beans? Alienation, Humanity and Community in Joanna Russ’s On Strike Against God
  2. pp. 114-130
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  1. 9. Kittens Who Run with Wolves: Healthy Girl Development in Joanna Russ’s Kittatinny
  2. pp. 131-142
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  1. 10. Medusa Laughs: Birds, Thieves, and Other Unruly Women
  2. pp. 143-156
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  1. 11. Violent Women, Womanly Violence: Joanna Russ’s Femmes Fatales
  2. pp. 157-167
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  1. 12. Art and Amity: The “Opposed Aesthetic” in Mina Loy and Joanna Russ
  2. pp. 168-184
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  1. 13. Joanna Russ and D. W. Griffith
  2. pp. 185-196
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  1. 14. Extraordinary People: Joanna Russ’s Short Fiction
  2. pp. 197-209
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  1. 15. Castaway: Carnival and Sociobiological Satire in We Who Are About To . . .
  2. pp. 210-224
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  1. 16. The Narrative Topology of Resistance in the Fiction of Joanna Russ
  2. pp. 225-238
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 239-249
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 251-269
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 271-274
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-285
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