Ursula K. Le Guin’s Journey to Post-Feminism


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About the Book

The first book-length treatment of Le Guin’s feminism, this text offers a career-spanning look at her engagement with modern gender theory and practice. During the 1970s, Le Guin experienced a paradigm shift to feminism, a change which had profound effects on her work. This critical examination explores the masculinist nature of her early writing and how her work changed both thematically and aesthetically as a result of her newfound feminism. Of particular interest is her later phase, wherein Le Guin transitions to a more inclusive post-feminism, privileging unity and balance over separatism. A vital addition to Le Guin criticism.

About the Author(s)

Amy M. Clarke is a continuing lecturer in the university writing program at the University of California, Davis. She teaches courses in science fiction and fantasy, including seminars on both the Harry Potter and Twilight series.

Bibliographic Details

Amy M. Clarke. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 219
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4277-5
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction: The Return of the Native      5

1. Contrary Instincts      31

2. The Voyage Out      72

3. The Fisherwoman’s Daughter      99

4. Repairing the Sequence      126

5. Landing on Middle Ground      153

Chapter Notes      167

Bibliography      179

Index      201

Book Reviews & Awards

“well-written and engaging…extensive, well-researched”—Science Fiction Studies.