Friday, December 12, 2008

Paradoxa No. 21: Ursula K. Le Guin

The current issue of Paradoxa, a journal of articles on genre literature published on Vashon Island, features "New Writing on the Works of Ursula K. Le Guin." The collection of 17 essays is edited by Sylvia Kelso of James Cook University, Australia and includes works by a few Le Guin scholars (yes, people who read and write about Le Guin for a living and, presumably, teach too). They are teaching Le Guin's short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," for example. Ms. Le Guin herself, still around (Are you reading Lavinia (2008)?) and not so far away in Portland, Ore., weighs in, as well, talking about the influence of her childhood home, a Maybeck house in the Bay Area, California, on her writing. The collection ranges from Darko Suvin's scholarly examination of The Dispossessed, (which fabulously concludes "Truth shall make ye free (if you organize).") to scholar April Kendra's fannish reaction to first meeting Le Guin. Richard D. Erlich's essay, "Always Coming Home: Ethnography, unBible and Utopian Satire" could be a good warm-up for Potlatch 18, but more on that later. Look forward to a similarly thorough treatment for Darko Suvin from Paradoxa, No. 22, in 2009.

No comments: