Biology and Manners: Essays on the Worlds and Works of Lois McMaster Bujold

Author:   Regina Yung Lee ,  Una McCormack
Publisher:   Liverpool University Press
Volume:   64
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9781789621730


Pages:   320
Publication Date:   17 June 2020
Format:   Hardback
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This volume of essays continues the establishment of Lois McMaster Bujold as an important author of contemporary science fiction and fantasy. It argues persuasively that Bujold's corpus spans the distance between two full arcs of US feminism, and has anticipated or responded to several of its current concerns in ways that invite or even require theoretical exploration. The fourteen essays collected here provide wide-ranging scholarly analyses of Bujold's work and worlds so far, covering not only the science fiction and fantasy series, but taking into account the wealth of ancillary material inspired by her works, such as fan fiction and role-playing games. Examining the major series through a range of perspectives, including feminist readings, queer theory, and disability studies, this volume aims to establish beyond doubt the seriousness of intent behind Bujold's various artistic projects and provide a set of rich readings of this engaging, experimental, playful, and popular author.

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Author:   Regina Yung Lee ,  Una McCormack
Publisher:   Liverpool University Press
Imprint:   Liverpool University Press
Volume:   64
ISBN:  

9781789621730


ISBN 10:   1789621739
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   17 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Section 1: The Emergence of Bujold Studies Introduction: The Emergence of Bujold Studies Regina Yung Lee and Una McCormack The History of Scholarship on Lois McMaster Bujold's Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Feminist Bibliographic Essay Robin Anne Reid Section 2: Bujold's Women Untimely Graces: Gender, Failure, and Sainthood in Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls Regina Yung Lee You Wish to Have the Curse Reversed? Traditional Narrative Motifs of Gender Reconfigured in Bujold's Chalion Novels Caitlin Herington In Quiet Converse: The Intertextual Speaking of Madame Vorsoisson and Miss Price Katherine Woods Section 3: Heroes' Journeys The Shape of a Hero's Soul: Exploring the Paradox of Fate and Free Will in The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls C. Palmer-Patel The Road and the River: Genre-Neering a Future in The Sharing Knife Series Sylvia Kelso Pain Made Holy: Narratives of Disability and Pain in The Curse of Chalion Joanne Woiak Section 4: Potential Futures and Imagined Pasts Queering Barrayar: The Uterine Replicator in Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen Jey Saung 'What you need is a liege lord': Futuristic Feudalism in The Warrior's Apprentice Sarah Lindsay Womb with a View: Ectogenesis in Ethan of Athos and Brave New World Ally Wolfe Section 5: Holy Families The Holy Family: Divine Queerness in The Curse of Chalion and The Hallowed Hunt Robin Anne Reid The Bastard Balances All: The Essential Other in Bujold's Queer Theology Meg MacDonald Section 6: Beyond the Books The Naismith Stratagem: Authenticity and Adaptation in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga: Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game Jennifer Woodward and Peter Wright Canon Compliance and Creative Analysis in Vorkosigan Saga Fan Fiction Kristina Busse

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'Biology and Manners: Essays on the Worlds and Works of Lois McMaster Bujold advances scholarship on this important author by light-years. This collection covers nearly the entire chronological range of Bujold's work, and gives equal attention to her Vorkosiverse science fiction and her Chalion and Sharing Knife fantasy worlds. Lee and McCormack have gathered a set of particularly strong essays applying queer theory and theological analysis to Chalion's five-god pantheon and its interactions with humanity, and the chapters on women and reproduction are equally thought-provoking. Overall, an impressive and essential addition to Bujold studies.' Janet Brennan Croft, editor of Lois McMaster Bujold: Essays on a Modern Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy


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Regina Yung Lee is Senior Lecturer in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle Una McCormack is a bestselling science fiction writer, formerly Lecturer in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy

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