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Andrew M. Butler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318344

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317798

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Female Counter-Literature: Feminism

Female Counter-Literature: Feminism

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(p.136) 10 Female Counter-Literature: Feminism
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Solar Flares
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317798.011

In the United States, feminism was crystallised in the 1970s by the establishment of the National Organisation of Women, which campaigned for equal rights and pay for women throughout the period. It was also in the 1970s that both dystopias and utopias built around gendered structures appeared in science fiction. Mario Klarer situates his 1979 book The Wanderground: Stories of the Hill People (1979) as part of ‘a female counter-literature without letters[ …] literacy that denounces writing through writing’. This chapter explores how gender is addressed, often in science fiction, in the writings of Kate Wilhelm, Vonda N. McIntyre, Ursula Le Guin, C. J. Cherryh, Sue Payer, Suzy McKee Charnas, Kit Reed, Joanna Russ, Marge Piercy and Suzette Haden Elgin. It also looks at the symposium on women and science fiction in the fanzine Khatru as well as the short stories of James Tiptree Jr.

Keywords:   James Tiptree Jr., short stories, science fiction, feminism, counter-literature, gender, Sue Payer, women, Khatru, Kate Wilhelm

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