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On Joanna Russ
Farah Mendlesohn, ed.

2009 • 304 pp. 6 x 9"
Literary Criticism / Science Fiction / Women's Studies / Science Fiction Studies

$29.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6902-8
$23.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-6968-4

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The “essays … in On Joanna Russ … reflect the sophisticated work being done on lesbian and feminist fictions.”—Erin Clair, Feminist Formations

A multifaceted look at one of science fiction and feminism’s most original voices

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.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“The author of feminist literary criticism, in addition to science fiction and fantasy, Joanna Russ influenced readers throughout her life since she was first noticed in the late 1960s. During her career, she challenged the male dominated world of science fiction- both in authors and audience.”—Sarah Mangiola, The Portalist

“The variety of scholarship in On Joanna Russ is stupendous—I enjoyed every minute, was excited and energized and, most importantly, want to go re-read all of Russ with these essays in mind.”—Robin Anne Reid, professor of literature and languages, Texas A&M University–Commerce

“Joanna Russ is a major figure in the ‘New Wave’ in science fiction. These essays do a great job of revisiting the importance of Russ’s all-too-often-overlooked body of work.”—Joan Gordon, coeditor of Science Fiction Studies


Nominated for the Hugo Award, Best Related Book (2010)

FARAH MENDELSOHN teaches at Middlesex University, London. She is the author of Rhetorics of Fantasy (2008) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2006), winner of a Hugo Award.

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