Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Richard L. Lane


Until very recently, speculative fiction, or science fiction, has been virtually ignored by literary scholars. Science fiction was and still is, to some extent, considered popular fiction, and popular fiction has never received much critical attention. Unfortunately, this generalization excludes good works of popular fiction from study and criticism. Authors who have managed to crossover and received critical consideration are rare. One such “crossover” author is Ursula K. LeGuin but even LeGuin’s Work has been neglected outside of specialty journals such as Science Fiction Studies and Extrapolation. Little criticism of her fine novels and short stories appears in the most prestigious literary publications.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1980 Donna Dunbar-Odom.