Category Archives: literary studies

Giveaway alert! We’re offering a free ebook of OCTAVIA E. BUTLER by Gerry Canavan during November. Butler’s experiences as an African American woman in the world of white male-dominated science fiction writing informed her career as a science fiction author. … Continue reading

Linda A. Morris is a Professor of Emeritus at UC Davis. Her current research is on gender play in the works of Mark Twain. Her earlier published work focused primarily on women’s humor in nineteenth-century America. Her teaching and research … Continue reading

Gary Westfahl, formerly of the University of La Verne and the University of California, Riverside, has now retired to focus exclusively on research and writing. His many books on science fiction include William Gibson and Hugo Gernsback and the Century of Science Fiction. … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce that Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad by Ylce Irizarry has won the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award, which is given to an outstanding new book in the … Continue reading

Today marks the anniversary of the release of George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. An excerpt about the book from Orwell: Life and Art, by Jeffrey Meyers. In Nineteen Eighty-Four the 1930s were the prerevolutionary past, the final phase of capitalism that led … Continue reading

As main man LeVar Burton can attest, you can go twice as high if you take a look, it’s in a book. Reading, though an essential skill to anyone outside politics, is also a topic of intense literary interest. Scholars across … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce that Splattered Ink: Postfeminist Gothic Fiction and Gendered Violence by Sarah E. Whitney is the co-winner of the Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work in Women’s Studies, awarded by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture … Continue reading

Excerpted from Orwell: Life and Art, by Jeffrey Meyers. The chapter deals with George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The past is one of the dominant themes of the novel. The Party confidently believes: “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls … Continue reading

Awards season continues with one of our already-lauded books receiving another prize. L. H. Stallings‘s Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures has won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award, awarded by the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association … Continue reading

Excerpted from Jad Smith‘s book Alfred Bester, the latest volume in the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series. After Boucher accepted “Fondly Fahrenheit,” Bester revealed his particular investment in the story, saying: “My heart really was in that experiment”; and later … Continue reading