Joanna Russ has written extensively - as novelist, short story writer, and critic - on feminism, science fiction, and fantasy. These essays, spanning almost twenty years of that career, range from Russ's consideration of the aesthetic of science fiction to a reading of Willa Cather's lesbian identity as it emerges in her writing. To Write Like a Woman includes essays on horror stories and the supernatural: feminist utopias; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the "mother" of science fiction; popular literature for women (the "modern gothic"); what the fascination with "technology" often hides in popular culture, especially in science fiction movies and Star Trek; and the feminist education of graduate students in English. As a writer, Russ also addresses theorists and critics of literatureNas they address her own work and the work of other writers.
Part One 1. Towards an Aesthetic of Science Fiction 2. Speculations: The Subjunctivity of Science Fiction 3. SF and Technology as Mystification 4. Amor Vincit Foeminam: The Battle of the Sexes in science Fiction 5. On the Fascination of Horror Stories, Including LovecraftOs 6. A Boy and His Dog: The Final Solution Part Two 7. What Can a Heroine Do? or Why Women CanOt Write 8. SomebodyOs Trying to Kill Me and I Think ItOs My Husband: The Modern Gothic 9. On mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 10. Recent Feminist Utopias 11. To Write oLike a WomanO: Transformations of Identity in the Work of Willa Cather 12. On oThe Yellow WallpaperO 13. Is oSmashingO Erotic? 14. Letter to Susan Koppelman