Introduction to Women's Literature: Female Futures: Speculative Fiction by Women Authors
Space opera heroines, gender-bending aliens, apocalyptic pregnancies, changeling children, and interplanetary battles of the sexes. According to feminist science fiction scholar Lisa Yaszek, these are just a few of the tropes we encounter in the surprisingly long and varied tradition of female-authored science fiction. In this class will take a historical approach to science fiction and science fantasy by women and women-identified authors, from the classic Frankenstein, through pulp sci-fi, feminist sci-fi, and current Nebula and Hugo award winners. We will work with Yaszek’s anthology The Future is Female, supplementing it with contemporary short stories. Other texts may include: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson, and How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin, Students will complete group work assignments, take two exams, give an oral report, write several one-page response papers and a longer (5-7 page) creative or critical work.