Feminist Dystopian Novels Use Sci-Fi To Project Current Concerns Onto The Future: Critical Linking, October 10

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Women have been writing dystopian fiction for decades. Some of the most influential female pioneers in science fiction and fantasy, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler and Angela Carter, used the genre as a framework to write about gender identity and its constraints.
The recent proliferation of feminist dystopian works builds on that body of literature, using the lens of science fiction to project current concerns onto the future, while also reflecting on the past.
“They’re in a way how-to books, or what-would-I-do books, supposing this happened to me, what would I do?” Ms. Atwood said in an interview. “The idea that history will always progress is a fantasy.”

Feminist dystopian novels use sci-fi to project our current concerns onto the future, so I guess we’re gonna need a lot more feminist dystopian novels.

Just think what Virgil, Ovid, or Horace could have done with Superman. A recently unearthed Roman tomb in the northern Jordanian town of Beit Ras features a collection of striking, sequential paintings complete with speech-filled captions, forming what looks to many like an ancient, proto-comic strip.

This is just so cool!

We worked out of Cameron’s house in the early days. A lot of my friends outside the movement were having trouble sleeping. Even those who weren’t on campus the day of the shooting had nightmares. But for those of us in the movement, there wasn’t time to sleep. You can see very clearly in those early interviews that all of us had deep dark circles under our eyes. No one had an appetite. No one wanted to leave Cameron’s house, not even to take a shower. None of us wanted to stop working. To stop working was to start thinking. And thinking about anything other than the march and the solutions to gun violence was to have a breakdown.

An excerpt of Emma González’s essay in Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement, written by the founders of March for Our Lives.