A Feminist Fantasy Canon

Saturday Mar 26   11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (1 hour)
Deansgate 2
On a recent episode of The Coode Street Podcast (#256), Suzy McKee Charnas and Pamela Sargent noted that although there are individual works of feminist fantasy, there isn't an agreed canon in the way that there is for feminist science fiction; and that although there are feminist writers of fantasy, there isn't a community of writers – or of readers – in touch with each other and in dialogue with each other in the way that there is for feminist science fiction. To what extent do we agree with that, and why, or why not? Do any differences have to do with expectations of fantasy versus science fiction? What forms does feminist fantasy take? Who are the Russ, Le Guin, Tiptree and Butler of feminist fantasy? (Which important writers don't have equivalents in SF?) And who is writing the feminist fantasy that will be canonical tomorrow?

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