On Strike Against God (Paperback)

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A lost feminist masterwork by feminist and speculative fiction icon Joanna Russ about a lesbian's coming-to-consciousness during the social upheaval of the 1970s.

When Esther, an English professor living in 1970s small-town New York, has her first lesbian love affair, the fallout brings her everyday miseries into focus and sends her spiraling. Confronted with the homophobia of straight feminists and the misogyny of gay men, Esther is left to forge a language for her feminism and her burgeoning lesbian desire. A darkly comedic story of feminist love, hope, and reckoning, On Strike Against God's call to readers --"Let's be reasonable. Let's demand the impossible"--rings urgently true today.

Originally published in 1980, On Strike Against God is the only realist novel by feminist science fiction icon Joanna Russ. This new critical edition includes previously unpublished alternate endings to the novel, letters between Joanna Russ and acclaimed poet Marilyn Hacker, and additional essays by Russ. Contemporary authors Jeanne Thornton and Mary Anne Mohanraj discuss Russ's continued impact, and an interview with science fiction luminary Samuel R. Delany reflects on Delany's decades-long friendship with Russ.

About the Author

JOANNA RUSS (February 22, 1937 - April 29, 2011) was an American writer, academic, and feminist. She is the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women's Writing, as well as a contemporary novel, On Strike Against God. She is best known for The Female Man, a novel combining utopian fiction and satire. ALEC POLLAK is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University. Her research investigates how the decisions of literary estates, the management of archives, and the mechanics of intellectual property law have influenced the legacies of early- and mid-twentieth century authors. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (winner of the 2022 Katharine Newman Best Essay Award), Feminist Theory, the LA Review of Books, and the Yale Review. She is the winner of the 2018 Ursula Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship and the 2023 Hazel Rowley Prize for her work on a biography of feminist science fiction author Joanna Russ. Alec has received fellowships and honors from Cornell University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University's Houghton Library, the New York Public Library, and Yale's Beinecke Library, among others. She will be a Junior Fellow at the Rare Books School's Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography beginning in 2023.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781558613140
ISBN-10: 1558613145
Publisher: Feminist Press
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English