To Write Like a Woman

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To Write Like a Woman: Essays in Feminism and Science Fiction
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Author Joanna Russ
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Publisher Indiana University Press
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ISBN 0-253-20983-8

To Write Like a Woman: Essays in Feminism and Science Fiction is a collection of essays by Joanna Russ, published in 1995. [1] Many of the essays previously appeared as letters, in anthologies, or in journals such as Science Fiction Studies , Extrapolation, and Chrysalis . Topics range from the work of specific authors to major trends in feminism and science fiction. Through all of these different topics, Russ underlines the importance of celebrating the work of female authors and turning a critical eye on the commentaries and work produced by men.


The collection is split up into two sections. Part One focuses on the critique of masculinist writing and male authorship, while Part Two focuses on the work of female authors and their relationship to writing.


Part One

Part Two


This collection of essays has been praised for its accessibility, even to readers unfamiliar with complex feminist or science fiction critique theory. [13] Criticism has mostly been centered on the contradictions in subject matter for the essays, since the source material ranges from Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley to Star Trek . [14] In addition, critics have claimed that Russ' cautions against psychoanalytic readings of an author's work are naïve and overly simplistic. [15]

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  2. Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 2, Part 2. (July 1975).
  3. Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 5, Part 3. (November 1978).
  4. 1 2 Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 7, Part 1. (March 1980).
  5. Russ, Joanna (Autumn 1975). "'A Boy and His Dog': the final solution". Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies . 1 (1): 153–162. doi:10.2307/3346428. JSTOR   3346428. Reprinted as: Russ, Joanna (1976). "'A Boy and His Dog': the final solution". Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media . 12–13: 14–17.
  6. Cortiel, Jeanne. Demand My Writing: Joanna Russ, Feminism, Science Fiction. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1999. Print. pp. 42.
  7. Russ, J. (1973), "Somebody's Trying to Kill Me and I Think It's My Husband: The Modern Gothic". The Journal of Popular Culture, 6: 666–691. doi: 10.1111/j.0022-3840.1973.00666.x.
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  9. Russ, Joanna. "Recent Feminist Utopias". Future Females: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Marleen S. Barr. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular, 1981. Print.
  10. Russ, Joanna. "To Write 'Like a Woman': Transformations of Identity in the Work of Willa Cather." Journal of Homosexuality 12.3–4 (1986): 77–86. Print.
  11. Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Bibliography: On "The Yellow Wallpaper."
  12. Russ, Joanna. "Is 'Smashing' Erotic?" Chrysalis 9 (1989): 6–7. Print.
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