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Galactic suburbia : recovering women's science fiction / Lisa Yaszek.

By: Yaszek, Lisa, 1969-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2008ISBN: 9780814210758 (cloth : alk. paper); 0814210759 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780814251645 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0814251641 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780814291535 (cd-rom); 0814291538 (cd-rom).Subject(s): Science fiction, American -- History and criticism | American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism | American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Feminism and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Feminist fiction, American -- History and criticism | Sex role in literatureDDC classification: 813/.08762099287
Writers -- Homemakers -- Activists -- Scientists.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-224) and index.

Writers -- Homemakers -- Activists -- Scientists.

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Like Eric Leif Davin's Partners in Wonder: Women and the Birth of Science Fiction, 1926-1965 (CH, May'06, 43-5120), this volume makes the case for the importance of women writers of science fiction in the 1940s-60s. And in so doing it challenges the popular perception that women were not very involved in the genre until the late 1960s. But Yaszek (Georgia Institute of Technology) does far more than set the historical record straight. She offers clear analysis of the cultural circumstances that gave rise to and provided the context for such writers as Carol Emshwiller, Judith Merril, and Shirley Jackson. She also discusses the participation of women in science and engineering programs in the period, including NASA. The nuanced, well-argued close readings of individual works are a key strength of this study. The writing is clear and persuades with solid evidence from culture and history, e.g., the rise of consumerism, the bizarre elevation of the home as a bulwark against communism during the Cold War, and the widespread use of the feminine mystique as an opiate-like substitute for women's ambition to rejoin the postwar work force. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers. S. Bernardo Wagner College

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Lisa Yaszek is associate professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture; Director of the <p>Science, Technology, and Culture degree program; and Curator of the Bud Foote Science Fiction Collection at the Georgia Institute of Technology.</p>

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