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Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left hand of darkness /

Other Authors: Bloom, Harold.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987
Series: Modern critical interpretations.
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A collection of nine critical essays on the modern social science fiction novel, arranged in chronological order of their original publication.

Review by Choice Review

Nine essays on Le Guin's 1969 science-fiction novel, with footnotes cut. Le Guin's inclusion in the ``Modern Critical Interpretations'' series with studies of such works as Kafka's The Trial (1937) and Beckett's Waiting for Godot (1954) suggests the importance that critics find in her humanist and/or feminist volume, with its Taoist, Utopian, and mythic elements. Some of the essays sound obsessed with Le Guin's created detail; but Eric S. Rabkin does a good study of the shifting point of view; Victoria Myers, despite a heavy weight of theory, has some fine analysis of the cross-purposed conversations; and Carol McGuirk, in an essay reprinted from Bloom's volume in the ``Modern Critical Views'' series on Le Guin generally, shows Le Guin's areas of concern-and their limits. Two of the essays also discuss Le Guin's The Dispossessed (1974). This is the fourth collection of essays on Le Guin, but the first focused on one book. Highly recommended as a useful guide to an increasingly taught (and studied) work. Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate.-J.R. Christopher, Tarleton State University

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.

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