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November 20th, 2007

10:32 am: I has a feminist science fiction class!
A while ago, I proposed a feminist science fiction class at the university where I'm studying next semester. I didn't know if they'd actually accept it, as most of the women's literature classes focus on historical periods instead, but I thought it couldn't hurt to try.

They accepted it!

Next semester I will be teaching:

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin
Woman on the Edge of Time, Marge Piercy
The Two of Them, Joanna Russ
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, James Tiptree, Jr.
Bloodchild and Other Stories, Octavia Butler
Daughters of Earth, ed. by Justine Larbaleister (this is a collection of both stories and critical essays about the stories).

I know some of the supplementary material I'll be adding to the class, like the two essays LeGuin wrote about gender in The Left Hand of Darkness and her short story "Winter's King," set in the same world. I'm looking forwards to finding more essays, well-written blog entries, and so on (though the class is mostly about older SF, I'd like to encourage my students to take a look at the online feminist SF community).

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be more than happy to look at them.

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