Le Guin: Gender and Politics in Science Fiction (1881)

Three Tuesdays: August 14, 21, 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

$75.00 (10% off for members)

This seminar-style class will offer guided discussions of the late Ursula K. Le Guin’s most famous, and arguably most influential, science fiction novels: The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. Le Guin is known for her anthropological approach to science fiction, and her “alien" worlds allow us to interrogate our assumptions about social structures. Drawing on our readings, we will attempt to answer questions ranging from “how do radical changes in gender and sexuality affect power dynamics between individuals?” to “what role does environment play in political and economic ideology?” We will also trace how Le Guin’s exploration of these themes influenced the genre of science fiction.

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin

Leigha McReynolds received her PhD in English Literature from The George Washington University. Her dissertation was on science and the supernatural in 19th Century British Literature, but her current research focus is contemporary science fiction. She has published and presented on science fiction texts ranging from Ursula K. Le Guin’s short stories to Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. Currently, Leigha is a professor in the writing program at The George Washington University where she uses science fiction to engage students across disciplines.

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The Left Hand of Darkness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780441007318
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Published: Ace - July 1st, 2000

The Dispossessed: A Novel (Hainish Cycle) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060512750
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 10th, 2014