Three women authors of science fiction.
Le Guin, Butler & Jemisin: Three Sci-Fi Revolutionaries
Course description: In this highly interactive class participants will explore three groundbreaking women Sci-Fi authors. In the 1960’s Ursula Le Guin embraced a feminist, nature centric view of human life on earth. Le Guin provided a path for Butler and Jemisin, two of the most important Black women writers in sci-fi. Octavia Butler looked at the lives of the poor and marginalized in society. She’s considered a creator of Afro-futurism who gave power to her black female characters. N K Jemisin is a critically acclaimed Black feminist sci-fi and fantasy writer. Her Broken Earth trilogy made her the first author to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel three years in a row.
Instructor: Susan Balée holds a Ph.D. in literature from Columbia University and has taught at Arcadia University, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania and several writers’ conferences. She’s been a regular contributor of essays personal and literary to The Hudson Review since 1992. She won a Lindback Award for distinguished teaching in her first year as a tenure-track professor at Arcadia University and earned excellent teaching evaluations in all her university posts. Most of all, she has never lost her love of exploring literature with other minds and backgrounds and helping to guide them to an appreciation for the best books.
Schedule: Four sessions. Tuesday, October 11 to November 1, 1:00-2:30.
Location: Room 203, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach
- Ursula Le Guin: “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (1973 short story in The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, ISBN-13: 9870553201321); and The Word for World is Forest (1972 novella). ISBN-13: 9780765324641
- Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed (1980) in the Patternist series of novels. ISBN-13: 9781538751480
- K. Jemison, The Fifth Season (2015), the first novel in the Broken Earth trilogy. ISBN-13: 9780316229296