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sajbrfem ([personal profile] sajbrfem) wrote2009-05-24 06:05 pm

Women in Science Fiction reading club anyone?

I am really inspired by eng592: Women in Science Fiction, a course being taught by Dr Sharon Collingwood at Ohio State University. She also teaches Women Culture and Society--a course that takes place in Second Life.

I am not really in a position to go to Ohio Uni at the moment, but I thought it might be fun to go through the sylibus and have a monthly discussion on each of the texts.

The required texts as listed on the units webpage are:

Woman on the Edge of Time, Marge Piercy (Fawcett 0449210820)
The Female Man, Joanna Russ (Beacon 0807062995)
Les Guerillieres, Monique Wittig and David LeVay (University of Illinois Press 0252074823)
Native Tongue, Suzette Haden Elgin (The Feminist Press at CUNY1558612467)
The Door Into Ocean, Joan Slonczewski (Orb 0312876521)
Lilith's Brood , Octavia Butler (Grand Central Publishing 0446676101)

Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century
ed. Justine Larbalestier. (Wesleyan University Press 0819566764)

My suggestion is that,beginning with June, we read one per month in the order listed and then in the last week of the month I will open up a discussion page on this journal for anyone interested to discuss the text.

What do you think?
 


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[personal profile] lauredhel 2009-05-24 08:48 am (UTC)(link)
I'm interested - are the books fairly readily available in Aus public libraries?
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[personal profile] lauredhel 2009-05-28 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
Update on availabilities: I have the Female Man, and should be able to get hands on these through ILL if not locally:

Woman on the Edge of Time, Marge Piercy (Fawcett 0449210820)
Native Tongue, Suzette Haden Elgin (The Feminist Press at CUNY1558612467)
The Door Into Ocean, Joan Slonczewski

Can't see any opportunities to borrow Les Guerilleres (wait - it may be in the University library) - or Daughters of Earth, though. UWA does have 2 copies of Larbalestier's "battle of the sexes in science fiction".

I'd consider buying Daughters of Earth and Lilith's Brood; not sure about the others yet.
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[personal profile] were_duck 2009-05-28 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello! I am a stranger who heard about your book club through [personal profile] jesse_the_k . Would you mind if I join? I coordinate a face-to-face book club loosely based on WisCon (feminist science fiction) books, so there's some parallel. I also used 3 of these books in my undergrad thesis!