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Future Females, The Next Generation : New Voices and Velocities in Feminist Science Fiction Criticism - Marleen S. Barr

Future Females, The Next Generation

New Voices and Velocities in Feminist Science Fiction Criticism

By: Marleen S. Barr (Editor), James E. Gunn (Foreword by), Karen Hellekson (Foreword by)

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Almost 20 years after the publication of Future Females: A Critical Anthology, feminist science fiction pioneer Marleen S. Barr, together with a talented crew of the field's established and emerging theorists, reveal new critical insights in Future Females, the Next Generation. This groundbreaking collection includes contributors from across the globe who find effective venues for imagining feminist thought experiments. A multinational perspective runs through this innovative volume, focusing on the latest dynamic trends in feminist science fiction. These include such issues as race, gender, cyberfeminism, the media, and new writers in the field. Future Females, the Next Generation, which establishes the generational continuity characterizing a vibrant area of feminist literary and cultural inquiry, boldly goes where no feminist science fiction critical anthology has gone before.

Future Females is THE final word on feminist science fiction and edited superbly by the premiere feminist in the field. The collection is wide-ranging and engaging, and entertains as it educates. It does everything that popular culture and feminist scholarship should do, and is a model for future outstanding work. -- Emily Toth, author of Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia An important critical work in and of itself. The two books called Future Females together mark the beginning and the latest point of the entire feminist enterprise in the serious consideration of science fiction. Barr's most audacious utopian reading is surely that of 'all the president's penises', that is to say, her treatment of the Leader of the Free World, here celebrated as 'the president who makes love not war' and as one who 'is almost synonymous with his nonphallic penis.'... The only politically decent defense of Bill Clinton yet attempted ... Barr offers not political journalism but a theoretical fiction. Extending Woolf's trope we might hope that this same extraterrestrial visitor would find time to pursue not only the dailynewspaper but also the new Future Females; if so, she-or he? or it?-would learn that patriarchy, while not yet overthrown, is under creative attack in more ways that even the far-seeing Woolf herself could possibly have imagined. -- Carl Freedman, professor and director of graduate studies, Louisiana State University Science Fiction Studies, Vol.27 (2000) The content is quite valuable. Excellent for feminist and science-fiction collections serving upper-division undergraduates and above. CHOICE Bears evidence to the innovative impact of feminism on science fiction and of feminist theory on science fiction criticism. The bravura displayed in the choice of subject matter, the range of topics and the wittily adapted terminology owe a great deal to the earlier pioneering efforts in the field, also collected by Barr. This collection points out how much that was formerly merely imagined has become a social reality even as its authors must continue to engage in writing toward utopia. Their essays are an exercise in cultural studies of the future. -- Brigitte Scheer-Schazler, University of Innsbruck An important critical work in and of itself. The two books called Future Females together mark the beginning and the latest point of the entire feminist enterprise in the serious consideration of science fiction. Barr's most audacious utopian reading is surely that of 'all the president's penises', that is to say, her treatment of the Leader of the Free World, here celebrated as 'the president who makes love not war' and as one who 'is almost synonymous with his nonphallic penis.'... The only politically decent defense of Bill Clinton yet attempted ... Barr offers not political journalism but a theoretical fiction. Extending Woolf's trope we might hope that this same extraterrestrial visitor would find time to pursue not only the daily newspaper but also the new Future Females; if so, she-or he? or it?-would learn that patriarchy, while not yet overthrown, is under creative attack in more ways that even the far-seeing Woolf herself could possibly have imagined. -- Carl Freedman, professor and director of graduate studies, Louisiana State University Science Fiction Studies, Vol.27 (2000)

Foreword
Introduction: "Everything's Coming Up Roses" - Or, Mainstream Feminist Science Fiction, the Uncolap. 1
Utopia and Dystopia: A New Genre, Ecotopia, and the 1990s
Gender and Genre in the Feminist Critical Dystopias of Katherine Burdekin, Margaret Atwood, and Octavia Butlerp. 13
Revising Paradise: Judy Grahn's Ecotopia Mundane's Worldp. 35
The Feminist Dystopia of the 1990s: Record of Failure, Midwife of Hopep. 49
Post-Phallic Culture: Reality Now Resembles Utopian Feminist Science Fictionp. 67
Alternative Cyberpunk: Marge Piercy, Jeff Noon, and Pat Cadigan
The Biopolitics of Cyberspace: Piercy Hacks Gibsonp. 87
A Crossbreed Loneliness? Jeff Noon's Feminist Cyberpunkp. 109
Real Lives Complicate Matters in Schrodinger's World: Pat Cadigan's Alternative Cyberpunk Visionp. 129
Sex/Gender: Eroticizing Cyborgs and Queering Science Fiction
The Erotics of the (cy)Borg: Authority and Gender in the Sociocultural Imaginaryp. 145
Pinup and Cyborg: Exaggerated Gender and Artificial Intelligencep. 165
(Re)reading Queerly: Science Fiction, Feminism, and the Defamiliarization of Genderp. 197
First Contacts: Rereading Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin and South Africa, and Eleanor Arnason's Other
Determinate Politics of Indeterminacy: Reading Joanna Russ's Recent Work in Light of Her Early Short Fictionp. 219
Truth and Story: History in Ursula K. Le Guin's Short Fiction and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commissionp. 237
Incite/On-Site/Insight: Implications of the Other in Eleanor Arnason's Science Fictionp. 247
New Female Heroes: Mexican Women and Chicanas, the Star Trek Scientist, and Tank Girl
Mexican Women and Chicanas Enter Futuristic Fictionp. 261
The Woman Scientist in Star Trek: Voyagerp. 277
Postfeminism and the Female Action-Adventure Hero: Positioning Tank Girlp. 291
Postscript: A Real Future Female: Dreams, Truth, and Hopep. 309
Indexp. 311
About the Contributorsp. 321
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ISBN: 9780847691258
ISBN-10: 084769125X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.8  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.58