Le Guin, Butler, and Atwood: Speculative Fiction and Social Change | Newberry

Le Guin, Butler, and Atwood: Speculative Fiction and Social Change

Monday, April 12, 2021


The Newberry

Laura Passin, St. Mary’s Academy
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, and Margaret Atwood are towering figures in feminist speculative fiction, using the techniques of science fiction to explore issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and bodily autonomy in works that question the moral framework of the present by imagining different worlds. What would life–and language–be like in a society where all human beings regularly changed gender without medical intervention? How does time travel affect a Black woman differently from a white man? Would Earth benefit from the deliberate extinction of the human race? By asking these questions, among others, Le Guin, Butler, and Atwood invite readers to imagine possible social structures that are different from our own. This seminar will explore key works from these authors and discuss how thinking about “unrealistic” worlds can help us understand the “real world” in which we live.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium participants may register for this seminar through their designated school administration contact, as space permits. Individual educators without a subscription package at their home institution may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual seminar slot at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 11, 2020. For more information about NTC subscription packages, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at harrimanc@newberry.org.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for logging onto the Zoom session, will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff at teacherprograms@newberry.org.