Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Dunbar-Odom, Donna, "Holding out one's hand in the dark: The theme of touching in selected works of Ursula K Leguin" (1980). Student Work. 3290.