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[A] book that, in a just world, would be assigned in every writing, literature, and art class, and handed to every single high school and college graduate...It's one of the most elegant books of feminist criticism I've ever read. * Carmen Maria Machado, Electric Literature * Reading it changed the way I approached criticism and the act of reading itself. * Buzzfeed * Nearly four decades after she penned it, Joanna Russ' How to Suppress Women's Writing has just been reissued, and it's as timely as ever. That's the problem. The book is exhausting and wry and depressing, a deeply sourced journey through the misogyny of the making of the English literary canon. . . . I don't need this book. Your son needs this book. Your uncle needs it. Your bartender needs it. Maybe you need it. * Texas Observer * Despite how much there is to be angry about, How to Suppress Women's Writing is shot through with hope. . . Likely it won't be remembered long enough or taken seriously enough, but to read this book is to admire this buried tradition, and realize how much there is to be discovered - and how there's no time like the present to look at the marginalized writers you might be missing. "Only on the margins does growth occur," Russ promises, like the guide in a story telling you how to defeat the dragon. Get angry; then get a reading list. * NPR * If you haven't read this little book, you should seek it out: it's still horribly relevant...Russ showed me we can't sensibly talk about what is most important or of the highest quality without first asking who gets to decide, and based on what criteria? -- Emily Maguire * The Guardian * A must-read feminist classic...this book is a lovely introduction to Russ' acerbic writing style, and is a scathing commentary on how patriarchal and other systemic forces have conspired to silence women's voices, not just in fiction but in other media as well. * The Portalist * Brilliant and scathing. -- Nicole Rudick * New York Review of Books * Thankfully, with the new release of [the new edition], Russ' writing is a little less suppressed today than it has ever been. And the anger that sometimes propelled her work has a chance to continue to foment change. * The Portalist *
Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Joanna Russ (1937-2011) was a widely respected feminist science fiction writer best known for the novel The Female Man. She was also a professor of English at the University of Washington who published several collections of essays and literary criticism. Jessa Crispin is the founder and editor of Bookslut.com. She is the author of The Dead Ladies Project and Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto.
Foreword by Jessa Crispin Prologue 1. Prohibitions 2. Bad Faith 3. Denial of Agency 4. Pollution of Agency 5. The Double Standard of Content 6. False Categorizing 7. Isolation 8. Anomalousness 9. Lack of Models 10. Responses 11. Aesthetics Epilogue Author's Note Afterword Notes Index