My SF Crit Lit List

Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:16

I was wanting to post something SF-related before I head off to Renovations (WorldCon) in Reno on Tuesday, but I didn't know exactly what to do since my ideas are many and time too short. Karen Burnham, at Spiral Galaxy Reviewing Laboratory, posted her SF crit list recently (lots of great reads there) and that motivated me to put up my own list. My "Read List" is substantially longer than my "To Read" list at the moment because I've been spending most of my time over the past year working through disability studies criticism and reading "for fun" SF novels. My lists only contain books, but I have also read a good deal of articles relating to SF (usually on the works of specific writers). I will cover academic journal sources for SF/F in another post once I get back home. Please feel free to leave recommendations of other SF crit lit texts in the comments!

Read List:

Reload: Rethinking Women and Cyberculture. Eds. Mary Flanagan and Austin Booth. Cambridge (2002)

Decoding Gender in Science Fiction. Brian Attebery (2002)

Future  Females, The Next Generation: New Voices and Velocities in Feminist Science Fiction Criticism. Ed. Marleen S. Barr (2000)

Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture. Ed. Mark Dery (1994)

Cyberspace, Cyberbodies, Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment. Eds. Mike Featherstone and Roger Burrows (1996)

Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women. Mark Dery (1996)

Cybersexualities: A Reader on Feminist Theory, Cyborgs and Cyberspace. Ed. Jenny Wolmark (1999)

Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond. Marlene Barr (1993)

Learning From Other Worlds: Estrangement, Cognition, and the Politics of Science Fiction and Utopia. Ed. Patrick Parrinder (2001)

Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic. Ed. Elisabeth Anne Leonard (1997)

Close Encounters: Film, Feminism and Science Fiction. Eds. Constance Penley, Elisabeth Lyon, Lynn Spigel, and Janet Bergstrom (1991)

Envisioning the Future: Science Fiction and the Next Millennium. Ed. Marleen Barr (2003)

Speaking Science Fiction: Dialogues and Interpretations. Ed. Andy Sawyer and David Seed (2000)

Social and Virtual Space: Science Fiction, Transnationalism, and the American New Right. Laura Cherniak (2005)

To Seek Out New Worlds: Science Fiction and World Politics. Ed. Jutta Weldes (2003)

Storming the Reality Studio: A Case Book of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Fiction. Ed. Larry McCafferty (1991)

Edging into the Future: Science Fiction and Contemporary Cultural Transformation. Eds. Veronica Hollinger and Joan Gordon (2002)

Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora. Ed. Sheree R. Thomas (2000)

The Subject of Race in American Science Fiction Sharon De Graw (2007)

Technophobia!: Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology. Daniel Dinello (2005)

Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory. Ed. Marleen S. Barr (2008)

The Souls of Cyberfolks: Posthumanism as Vernacular Theory. Thomas Foster (2005)

Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens, and Others in Popular Culture. Elaine Graham (2002)

Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. Donna Haraway (1991)

How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. N. Katherine Hayles (1999)

Science Fiction, Canonization, Marginalization and the Academy. Eds. Gary Westfahl and George Slusser (2002)

Virtual Geographies: Cyberpunk at the Intersection of the Postmodern and Science Fiction. Sabine Heuser (2003)

Astrofuturism: Science, Race, and Visions of Utopia in Space. De Witt Douglas Kilgore (2003)

The Gendered Cyborg: A Reader. Eds. Gill Kirkup, Gill, Linda Janes, Kath Woodward, and Fiona Hovenden (2000)

The Cybercultures Reader. Eds. David Bell and Barbara Kennedy (2000)

Virtual Worlds: Culture and Politics in the Age of Cybertechnology. Pramod Nayar (2004)

Electronic Eros: Bodies and Desire in the Postindustrial Age. Claudia Springer (1996)

Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine. Susan Squier (2004)

Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction. Sherryl Vint (2007)

Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative. Priscilla Wald (2008)

Aliens and Others: Science Fiction, Feminism and Postmodernism. Jenny Wolmark (1994)

A Companion to Science Fiction. Ed. David Seed (2005) .

The Self Wired: Technology and Subjectivity in Contemporary Narrative. Lisa Yaszek (2002)

Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature. Gary K. Wolfe (2011)

The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future. Eds. Marquard Smith and Joanne Morra (2006)

To Read List:

The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction. Justine Larbalestier (2002)

World Weavers: Globalization, Science Fiction, and the Cybernetic Revolution. Eds. Wong Kin Yuen, Gary Westfahl, and Amy Kitsze Chan (2005)

Biotechnology and Culture. Paul Brodwin (2000)

Bodies in Technology. Don Ihde (2002)

My Mother was a Computer. N. Katherine Hayles (2005)

Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural. Eds. Katherine Weese, Donald Palumbo, C. W. Sullivan, III (2008)


  • Comment Link Kathryn Thursday, 25 August 2011 21:00 posted by Kathryn

    Hi Susan,

    I'm glad that you have found my list interesting. I will be adding more titles in another entry once I gather enough to make another post worthwhile.

    I think that you are referring to Justine Larbalastier's _Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century_ (2006). I have read that too, but somehow I missed it. Thanks for mentioning it!

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  • Comment Link Susan Klement Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:03 posted by Susan Klement

    Wow, all kinds of good looking stuff here! I have to say, I came across The Cyberculture Reader at my local library sale, and I thought it looked pretty cool, but I found it was even better when I got it home. I haven't been able to read it all, because there isn't enough time in my day, but I dip into it occasionally, and I am really enjoying it.

    I have another collection edited by Justine Larbelestier, I believe it is called Daughters of the Future or something like that, that I really liked, too.

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