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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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The Spook by Science Fiction’s Door

The Spook by Science Fiction’s Door

Joanna Russ, Violence, and We Who Are About To …

(p.90) Chapter 5 The Spook by Science Fiction’s Door
Joanna Russ

Gwyneth Jones

University of Illinois Press

“The Spook by Science Fiction’s Door” discusses Joanna’s legendary “anger” and “aggression” in the light of the virulent male outrage her overtly feminist sf provoked, and the (covert) hostility to feminism of even trusted male colleagues. Her problematic fourth novel, We Who Are About To… (1976/77) is reassessed, emphasizing the deliberately schematic structure of this morality play about a failed radical activist, squabbling starship castaways, and “pregnancy by rape.” Pregnancy by rape is also the theme of an important essay, “Amor Vincit Foeminam,” discussed here, along with valuable, insightful essays on H. P. Lovecraft and horror fiction. Stories and reviews include a fine, Lovecraftian tribute to the actor Cecily Tyson, “My Boat”; and a critical response to Kate Wilhelm’s excellent but rather antifeminist The Clewiston Test.

Keywords:   anger, aggression, Kate Wilhelm, “Amor Vincit Foeminam”, H. P. Lovecraft, horror, We Who Are About To …, “pregnancy by rape”, morality play, antifeminist

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