Reader Series: Feminist Speculative Fiction
When Mary Shelley published Frankenstein she launched a new genre of literature that blurred the boundaries of the possible, and women have remained key influencers shaping the contours of speculative fiction. Join this group to discuss how feminist perspectives reveal the seen and unseen while blending reality into surreality. Known and celebrated for their literary craft, we’ll also explore how these foundational authors use elements of story to convey social criticism and their techniques for making the fantastic believable.
Texts: Kindred by Octavia Butler’s, Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Instructor: Ethicist, poet, and speculative fiction writer E. F. Schraeder is the author of two poetry chapbooks, most recently Chapter Eleven (Partisan Press). Schraeder’s work has appeared in Birthing Monsters, Terror Politico, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mystery Weekly Magazine, The Feminist Wire, and other journals and anthologies. Schraeder studied applied ethics and humanities and holds an interdisciplinary Ph.d. in Social Philosophy. Current projects include a queer monster’s coming of age novella and a full length manuscript of poems.
Reader Series: Fem Spec with EF Schraeder takes place Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22 from 6:00-8:00pm at The Bookshop in Lakewood (15230 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107).