lotesse: (literature - Victorian)
A small and amusing note from my Gender & Spec Fic students:

We read [livejournal.com profile] tammypierce's In The Hand of the Goddess on Friday, as representative of the 80s/90s trend of feminist goddessy geek stuff aimed at the younger sections of society, which was great fun. There were are fair gaggle who read the Alanna books as kids, but most hadn't heard of them.

Awesomely enough, while the class was pretty much in agreement that the positive sexuality in the book was a good thing, many of the students who hadn't read the complete series took exception with Prince Jonathan - they thought he was too controlling, that Alanna spent too much of their time together worrying about her femininity or lack thereof, and several said that in contrast, they thought she could be entirely herself with George Cooper. At which point those of us who were Tortall junkies started making smothered giggling noises. Oh George/Alanna - theirloveissoobvious!

They have a short paper due tomorrow, and I'm kind of hoping that I get lots of Tortall readings.
lotesse: (samndean)
So I have a final book list for my Gender & Spec Fic course:

Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed
Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
Marge Piercy, Woman at the Edge of Time
Starhawk, The Fifth Sacred Thing
Tamora Pierce, In The Hand of the Goddess
Ursula K. LeGuin, Tehanu
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber


Plus stories/essays by Johanna Russ, Kameron Hurley, Carol Clover, Gilbert & Gubar, and a showing of Firefly, plus a handful of blog entries to keep us modern/edgy. O yeah.

Started watching Farscape last night, from the beginning. Man, this show is weird. But then again, Claudia Black is hot like fire.

Is it bad that I'm more excited for House Season Five than I am for Supernatural Four? It's just that House is in this great shiny place with all these possibilities, and Supernatural is stuck in this plotline that I really don't like. All the tropes and relationships and arcs that I really liked have faded away - I want Sammy to keep being the emo little brother with troubling mindpowers, and Dean to keep being the rebellious child-parent with daddy issues who figures his own self-worth through his brother. and the show keeps taking them farther and farther from that.
lotesse: (feminism - Buffy)
possible texts for the spec-fic "Gender and Literature" course:

Left Hand of Darkness/ Tehanu

Joanna Russ, "When It Changed"

Kameron Hurley, short fiction

Anne Sexton, fairy-tale poetry

Firefly

Lewis, "Till We Have Faces"

one of the old feminist gendered worlds, "Herland"

Octavia Butler, "Parable of the Sower"

Atwood, "Handmaid's" / "Oryx and Crake"

... this list needs more contemporary stuff. I will have to go searching.

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