The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms

The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms


By (author) Helen Merrick

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  • Publisher: Aqueduct Press
  • Format: Paperback | 343 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 30mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2009
  • ISBN 10: 1933500336
  • ISBN 13: 9781933500331
  • Sales rank: 352,171

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The Secret Feminist Cabal is an extended answer to the question Helen Merrick asks in her introduction: "why do I read feminist sf?" In this wide-ranging cultural history we are introduced to a multiplicity of sf feminisms as Merrick takes readers on a tour of the early days of sf fandom, tracks the upheavals of the 1950s and 1960s and the explosions of feminist sf in the 1970s, and contextualizes subsequent developments in feminist sf scholarship. Her history is expansive and inclusive: it ranges from North America to the UK to Australia; it tells us about readers, fans, and academics as well as about writers, editors, and publishers; and it examines the often uneasy intersections of feminist theory and popular culture. Merrick brings things up to date with considerations of feminist cyberfiction and feminist science and technology studies, and she concludes with an intriguing review of the Tiptree Award as it illuminates current debates in the feminist sf community. Broadly informed, theoretically astute, and often revisionary, The Secret Feminist Cabal is an indispensable social and cultural history of the girls who have been plugged into science fiction.

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