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Biology and MannersEssays on the Worlds and Works of Lois McMaster Bujold$
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Regina Yung Lee and Una McCormack

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621730

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621730.001.0001

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The History of Scholarship on Lois McMaster Bujold’s Science Fiction and Fantasy

The History of Scholarship on Lois McMaster Bujold’s Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Feminist Bibliographic Essay

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Biology and Manners

Robin Anne Reid


This chapter provides a comprehensive and chronological bibliographic survey of scholarship on Lois McMaster Bujold from 1995 onwards. The chapter is structured chronologically to show changes in the scholarship on Bujold’s work and, in addition, includes selected online articles to demonstrate that Bujold’s readers are engaged with the same issues as the academics: genre, gender politics, and feminisms. The chapter shows the broad areas of scholarly consensus that exist: primarily, the agreement that Bujold’s work subverts, reverses, or complicates the genre conventions of space opera, military sf, and medievalist fantasy. The primary area of disagreement is shown to be the question of feminism in her work. The chapter is explicitly feminist in that the scholar writing the essay is a feminist specializing in feminist and gender theories and speculative fiction who applies those intellectual frameworks in this essay. It therefore pays close attention to citation practices, and puts on record the extent to which the first work on Bujold’s science fiction and fantasy was done by women scholars working in disability, feminist, and gender studies as well as the extent to which their work makes up the majority of the current scholarship.

Keywords:   Lois McMaster Bujold, Feminist bibliography, Feminist studies, Disability studies, Gender studies, Speculative fiction

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