Frankenstein's Daughters: Women Writing Science Fiction

Syracuse University Press, 1997

Beginning with the birth of science fiction in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Jane Donawerth takes a broad look at science fiction and utopian literature written by women. In a creative close reading of Frankenstein, Donawerth pinpoints the gender problems that reside in the male-oriented science fiction genre. Employing feminist, social and cultural theory, Donawerth identifies new forms of science fiction that emerge from women writers as they address the problems of the genre. The range of works by women makes this volume an invaluable scholarly review of the entire field of feminist science fiction and criticism.