Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
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Issue No. 11
Edited by Radhika Gajjala (Bowling Green State University) and Carol Stabile (University of Oregon)
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“Currently under Community Review, conducted by the Fembot community”
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Publication Date: April 2017
July 27, 2017 at 4:06 am
There’s so much potential in this contribution! As you revise, I would suggest a few things. First, you need to decide what your own contribution is about and not think about this as a narrative about the panel you organized. Maybe find a way to see your own ideas about utopia as being part of a conversation about them? Second, this contribution is haunted by the relationship between utopia and history. You begin with the occasion of the symposium and the presidential election of Donald Trump. For all of the people in that room on those days, and for the broader communities of which they were a part, there was a palpable sense of desolation and fear. Imagination, I think I want to say, has a context and although you hint at it in places (with references to Detroit and to Standing Rock), you don’t really theorize it. The Dispossessed and The Word for World is Forest, for example, grew out of the upheavals of the Vietnam War era — they are marked by those moments but at the same time they are prescient. I think adrienne maree’s writings about Octavia Butler hint at this. This may be part of our broader, unfinished conversation about SF utopias of the 1990s and after, but I wonder if it might not provide a springboard for a meditation?
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July 27, 2017 at 3:57 am
You don’t really talk about The Word for World is Forest — not sure it needs to be part of this paper.
July 27, 2017 at 3:55 am
Maybe reconsider the organization of the paper? If you want to begin with the panel you organized (and if you do, it needs to be more of a jumping-off point for your own analysis rather than a narrative account), then perhaps start with how imaginactivism was modeled by Le Guin and then taken up by others in the writing and world-making of feminist SF.
July 27, 2017 at 3:51 am
I agree with Michelle’s comments above. I think the theme is embedded in this draft, but needs to be more clearly parsed — maybe start with imaginactivism as a portmanteau term that gets at the utopian impulse you’re writing about (imagination with a purpose!), then discuss how this has been manifesting itself or has manifested itself in the work of writers like Le Guin.
July 27, 2017 at 3:47 am
You might want to begin this paper here, with a description of the utopian impulse at the core of your research. The preceding paragraphs could be condensed to make this less a narrative of how you organized a specific panel and more about the ideas shaping the conversation.
July 26, 2017 at 7:12 pm
The failure point is great but comes in at the end so needs to be introduced earlier and or expanded upon.
July 26, 2017 at 6:22 pm
That is very pertinent perhaps you can add a bit more here to this point.
July 26, 2017 at 6:03 pm
Also include a caption on the pictures
July 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm
perhaps write again that although you have posited it as a ‘trans-feminist text, not the author you are discussing these are the anomalys…
July 26, 2017 at 5:55 pm
Perhaps a few sentences about ‘worlds’ and world making would ground this text here in a wider context.
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