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Edward James

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039324

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039324.001.0001

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Women, Uterine Replicators, and Sexuality

Women, Uterine Replicators, and Sexuality

(p.136) Chapter 7 Women, Uterine Replicators, and Sexuality
Lois McMaster Bujold

Edward James

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the feminist themes explored in Bujold's fictional work. For Bujold, feminism involves far more than writing about women. Bujold herself wondered if, in her writing, disability works as “a personal metaphor for being born female.” But what makes her works stand out in the context of contemporary science fiction and fantasy is not the number of women or their strength of personality; it is the importance of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in her narratives. Bujold is unusual, too, within the world of space opera and indeed in the wider world of science fiction, in creating a number of very plausible and engaging child characters.

Keywords:   feminism, Lois McMaster Bujold, women writers, women authors, science fiction writers

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