“To Write Like a Woman is a rare example of a feminist tackling science fictuion using postmodern theory, which makes for a much more sophisticated and nuanced appraisal than the usual fare.” -Passion
“Russ’ essays are witty and insightful. An excellent book for any writer or reader.” -Feminist Bookstore News
“In her new book of essays . . . Russ continues to debunk and demand, edify and entertain. . . . Appreciative of surface aesthetics, she continually delves deeper than most critics, yet in terms so simple and accessible that her essays read like lively, angry, humorous dialogues conducted face-to-face with the author. Russ is the antithesis of the distant critic in her ivory tower.” -Paul Di Filippo, The Washington Post Book World
” . . . 20 years of the author’s feisty reports from the front lines of literature.” -The San Francisco Review of Books
“This is a book of imaginative and provoking essays, but you should read it for the sheer fun of it.” -The Women’s Review of Books
“Collects more than two decades of criticism by Joanna Russ, one of the most perceptive, forthright and eloquent feminist commentators around.” -Feminist Bookstore News
” . . . a super book. . . .This is a book that, for once, really will appeal to readers of all kinds.” -Utopian Studies
“If you enjoy science fiction, this is definitely a book that you’ll want to talk about. I found myself sneaking a few pages at times when I really didn’t have time to read.” -Jan Catano, Atlantis
Classic essays on science fiction and feminism by Nebula and Hugo award-winning Joanna Russ. Here she ranges from a consideration of the aesthetic of science fiction to a reading of the lesbian identity of Willa Cather. To Write Like a Woman includes essays on horror stories and the supernatural, feminist utopias, popular literature for women (the “modern gothic”), and the feminist education of graduate students in English.
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