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Gwyneth Jones

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042638

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042638.001.0001

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Year Zero Art

Year Zero Art

A Lost Generation Finds Its Voice in The Female Man

(p.39) Chapter 3 Year Zero Art
Joanna Russ

Gwyneth Jones

University of Illinois Press

“Year Zero Art” situates Second Wave feminism in the context of the “domestic revival” decreed by Cold War politics; examines historical female-ordered utopias, and provides a close reading of the polemic, idyllic, and lyric voices; the layered realities and the “many worlds” speculative-science content of Joanna’s highly personal 1975 novel, The Female Man. Essays and reviews described include radical feminist criticism of Ursula K. Le Guin’s novels; the groundbreaking “Why Women Can’t Write”; the controversial “Image of Women in Science Fiction” and “Alien Monsters,” in which Joanna defines the pernicious sf figure of the “he-man.” Stories related to The Female Man (1971-75) include “When It Changed,” the Nebula Award-winning conventional sf version of The Female Man.

Keywords:   Second Wave feminism, domestic revival, utopias, Ursula K. Le Guin, he-man, polemic, lyric, layered realities, radical feminist criticism, “When It Changed”

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