Joanna Russ

The Female Man

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Four alternate selves from radically different realities come together in this “dazzling” and “trailblazing work” (The Washington Post).
Widely acknowledged as Joanna Russ’s masterpiece, The Female Man is the suspenseful, surprising, darkly witty, and boldly subversive chronicle of what happens when Jeannine, Janet, Joanna, and Jael—all living in parallel worlds—meet. Librarian Jeannine is waiting for marriage in a past where the Depression never ended, Janet lives on a utopian Earth with an all-female population, Joanna is a feminist in the 1970s, and Jael is a warrior with claws and teeth on an Earth where male and female societies are at war with each other. When the four women begin traveling to one another’s worlds, their preconceptions on gender and identity are forever challenged.
With “palpable anger . . . leavened by wit and humor” (The New York Times), Russ both employs and upends genre conventions to deliver a wickedly satiric and exhilarating version of when worlds collide and women get woke.
This ebook includes the Nebula Award–winning bonus short story “When It Changed,” set in the world of The Female Man.
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268 printed pages
Original publication
2018

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    Anaïs Ornelashas quoted2 months ago
    even remember the last time I had to go to the aquarium and stifle my sobs by watching the sharks.
    Soliloquios Literarioshas quoted7 months ago
    Jack may act upon Jill in many ways. He may make her feel guilty for keeping on “bringing it up.” He may invalidate her experience. This can be done more or less radically. He can indicate merely that it is unimportant or trivial, whereas it is important and significant to her. Going further, he can shift the modality of her experience from memory to imagination: “It’s all in your imagination.” Further still, he can invalidate the content: “It never happened that way.” Finally, he can invalidate not only the significance, modality, and content, but her very capacity to remember at all, and make her feel guilty for doing so into the bargain
    Fanyhas quoted3 years ago
    I've fought four duels. I've killed four times.

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