Ursula Le Guin

Le Guin, Ursula Kroeber

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (ûr´sələ krō´bər lə gwĬn´), 1929–, American writer, b. Berkeley, Calif.; daughter of anthropologist Alfred Louis Kroeber. Possessing a keen eye for physical and cultural detail, she uses science fiction to explore contemporary society. A prolific writer of both adult and children's fiction, she gained fame beginning in the 1960s with her series of books about beings from Hain, including Rocannon's World (1966), The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), The Dispossessed (1974), and The Telling (2000). She is also known for her cycle of Earthsea books, such as A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Tombs of Atuan (1971), Tehanu (1990), and Tales from Earthsea (2001). Le Guin is also an essayist and poet.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. le Guin
Warren G. Rochelle.
Liverpool University Press, 2001
The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature: From Irving to Le Guin
Brian Attebery.
Indiana University Press, 1980
Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic
Elisabeth Anne Leonard.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Exploring Color Coding at the Beginning and End of the Twentieth Century in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness"
The Underestimation of Politics in Green Utopias: The Description of Politics in Huxley's Island, le Guin's the Dispossessed, and Callenbach's Ecotopia
Mathisen, Werner Christie.
Utopian Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 2001
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Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide
M. Keith Booker.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Ursula K. Le Guin: The Dispossessed" begins on p. 185
No Place Else: Explorations in Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
Eric S. Rabkin; Martin H. Greenberg; Joseph D. Olander.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1983
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 14 "Chronosophy, Aesthetics, and Ethics in Le Guin's The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia"
Reflections on the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Fourth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Michael R. Collings.
Greenwood Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: "Theme and Narrative Structure in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed and Frederik Pohl's Gateway" begins on p. 87
Cultural Anthropology and Rituals of Exchange in Ursula K. le Guin's 'Earthsea.'
Senior, W. A.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 29, No. 4, December 1996
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Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond
Marleen S. Barr.
University of North Carolina Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Ursula Le Guin's 'Sur' as Exemplary Humanist and Antihumanist Text"
The Shape of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Seventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Olena H. Saciuk.
Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Taoism in the Fantasies of Ursula K. Le Guin" begins on p. 173
Erotic Universe: Sexuality and Fantastic Literature
Donald Palumbo.
Greenwood Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "The Functions of Sexuality in the Science Fiction of Russ, Piercy, and Le Guin" and Chap. 13 "Speculations on Heterosexual Equality: Morris, McCaffrey, Le Guin"
Narrating Utopia: Ideology, Gender, Form in Utopian Literature
Chris Ferns.
Liverpool University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Dreams of Freedom: Piercy, Le Guin, and the Future"
The Other within Us: Feminist Explorations of Women and Aging
Marilyn Pearsall.
Westview Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 20 "The Space Crone" by Ursula Le Guin
Storm Warnings: Science Fiction Confronts the Future
George E. Slusser; Colin Greenland; Eric S. Rabkin.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Le Guin as Reactionary" begins on p. 75
Women Writers of Children's Literature
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Ursula K. Le Guin" begins on p. 55
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