Joanna Russ





Joanna Russ

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born
in New York, New York, The United States
February 22, 1937

died
April 29, 2011

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Joanna Russ was an American writer and feminist. She is the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism and is best known for The Female Man, a novel combining utopian fiction and satire. It uses the device of parallel worlds as a form of a mediation of the ways that different societies might produce very different versions of the same person, and how all might interact and respond to sexism. She had written it six years earlier, around the time she first publicly declared herself a lesbian. No consideration of the women's movement in the US can be complete without acknowledging the importance of this novel, a weirdly effective blend of humour and anger.


Average rating: 3.97 · 18,343 ratings · 1,012 reviews · 111 distinct works · Similar authors
The Female Man
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 3,038 ratings — published 1975 — 2 editions
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How to Suppress Women's Wri...
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 561 ratings — published 1983 — 3 editions
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We Who Are About To...
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 307 ratings — published 1976 — 5 editions
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Picnic on Paradise
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 219 ratings — published 1968 — 9 editions
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The Adventures of Alyx
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 150 ratings — published 1968 — 4 editions
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And Chaos Died
3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 1970 — 5 editions
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To Write Like a Woman: Essa...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 97 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Extra (Ordinary) People
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 1984 — 5 editions
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On Strike Against God
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 72 ratings — published 1980 — 4 editions
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The Two of Them
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 1978 — 6 editions
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More books by Joanna Russ…
“As my mother once said: The boys throw stones at the frog in jest. But the frogs die in earnest.”
Joanna Russ, The Female Man

“Long before I became a feminist in any explicit way, I had turned from writing love stories about women in which women were losers, and adventure stories about men in which the men were winners, to writing adventure stories about a woman in which the woman won. It was one of the hardest things I ever did in my life.”
Joanna Russ

“I'm not a girl. I'm a genius. ”
Joanna Russ, The Female Man

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