The Left Hand Of Darkness, Reconsidered

Our book for our June 1 meeting (a special cross-over event with the Evanston Public Library’s LGBT Book Discussion Group members) is The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin.  As a work of science fiction and of feminism, it has left a lasting mark on literature and on society.  It was ground-breaking at the time it was published (1969), but our understanding of gender and its role in society has advanced considerably since that time.  I thought you might be interested to read Ursula K. Le Guin’s own reassessment of her work, in the essay “Is Gender Necessary?” (written in 1976, and then with additional commentary added in 1988 in the version linked here, “Is Gender Necessary, Redux“).  After reading the book, it’s fascinating to see how Le Guin’s own feelings and consciousness about the assumptions inherent in her work developed over the next two decades.

I look forward to discussing this with you all on June 1!

Happy Reading,

Lorena

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