Joanna Russ was a science fiction writer who came prominence in the field in the 1960s when women in the field were beginning to increase in numbers the in the field in the 1960s when women in the field were beginning to increase in numbers but the of women in How can a book written about sexism and suppressing the writing and work of women written in 1983 still be so relevant More Russ was keen on the intersections of oppression and spoke not just to sexism but also racism and classism Should be read by those interested in reading and writing culture as well as feminism As illuminating in 2019 as when it was written this book is like turning on a light when you didn t know you were in the dark For reasons both ood and bad HOW TO SUPPRESS WOMEN S WRITING by Joanna Russ reads like it could have been written yesterday Actually the book is older than me published in 1983 but Russ smirking clear eyed perspective is still relevantHOW TO SUPPRESS WOMEN S WRITING investigates historical and social reasons that may have kept whole enerations of women from writing in the first place things like differential rates of literacy disparate access to education women s historical lack of leisure time and position as wife as a second work shift She also interrogates how it is that when women somehow do manage to write that women s writing is ignored slandered or undercut Are women able to achieve anything they set their minds to In How to Suppress Women’s Writing award winning novelist and scholar Joanna Russ lays bare the subtle―and not so subtle―strategies that society uses to ignore
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colleague Samuel a scifi writer but he himself is tokenized in the doing Clearly throughout the text she attempts to draw parallels between endered exclusions in literary circles and race based exclusions but Delany pops up over and over again as if he is the only Black writer she knows and as if Black writers are the only voices who can counterpart the voices of white writers White lesbian authors pop up far freuently than writers of color and women writers of color are virtually never mentioned in the main body of the text This lack of intersectional focus irked me while I read it it s such a ood book and also such a clear example of the failings of second wave feminism Russ uses the Afterword to acknowledge her failing here directly addressing her unfamiliarity with and inability to capture the struggles of women writers of color She talks about stumbling across a beautiful rich treasure trove of writing by women of color a parallel canon as it were which unintentional struck me as fetishizing and exoticizing of women of color s experiences So many very long uotes and longer personal diatribes The book is well researched but annoying to read because of the above Makes you not care what the subject is about. Bit” ―Jessa Crispin from the foreword “A book of the most profound and original clarity Like all clear sighted people who look and see what has been much mystified andAnd Colleague Samuel Delany A
much lied about Russ is uite excitingly subversive The study of literature should never be the same again” ―Margelied about Russ is uite excitingly subversive The study of literature should never be the same again” ―Marge “Joanna Russ is a brilliant writer a writer of real moral passion and high wit” ―Adrienne Ric. ,
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Texas which puts it suarely in the realm of academic works but the writing is collouial andPress which it suarely in the realm of "ACADEMIC WORKS BUT THE WRITING IS "works but the writing is and throughout You do not need to be steeped in literary criticism or feminist theory to read and understand Russ arguments here which is a The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States great strengthShe argues that what is consideredood or worthy literature and by extension that which is taught and thus survives across enerations is designated as such by privileged roups who have a vested interest in keeping themselves privileged The ways in which they limit entrance or access to literature are by mental acrobatics such as assuming women writers didn t really write their works or that it doesn t matter if they wrote it because it s the wrong kind of work or that maybe they wrote it and maybe it s Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth good but it s the onlyood thing she ever wrote Some of this is deliberate but just as much is unconscious bias Each chapter is broken into one tactic that has been used to suppress women s writing and Russ packs her chapters full of anecdotes survey results and historical examples to support her claims And somehow she does it with a wry and witty voice that makes the writing livelyStill the book is not a perfect one It s centered very suarely on white middle class women s experiences Minist critiue “What is it 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts going to take to break apart these rigidities Russ’s book is a formidable attempt It is angry without being self righteous it is thorough without being exhausting and it is serious without being devoid of a sense of humor But it was published over thirty years ago in 1983 and there’s not an enormous difference between the world she describes and the world we inha.