The Abstracts — Femspec 9.2, Vol 9, Issue 2, 2008

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EDITORIAL REMARKS:

By Batya Weinbaum Batya gives a brief summary of the works in issue.

ESSAY:

“Queen Lili’uokalani’s Imprisonment Quilt: Indomitable Spirits in Protest Cloth” By Cristy Dwyer
The author explores Queen Lili’uokalani’s life and focuses on her amazing quilt, and the story behind it in this essay. Each section of the majestic quilt contains historical and symbolic significance. Images of the quilt are included in the essay.

“Desperately Seeking Succor: How I Managed Without a Mentor”By Joan C. Chrisler
Joan C. Chrisler shares her personal story of advancing in her collegiate and professional career without the help of an advisor. Although she succeeded just fine on her own, her experience of advancing without proper guidance or direction influenced her to become a mentor for others, so their life’s progression can be easier than hers was.

“Daina Chaviano’s Los Mundos que Amo: Megalithic Monuments and Extraterrestrial Encounters”By Robin McAllister
The author of this essay reminisces about her trip to an exotic country in which she acquires an interesting book about extraterrestrials. She makes a comparison between her experiences and the characters in the book itself.

FICTION:

“Recruitment”By Gina Wisker
Here is a tale of an English professor visiting a remote village with the hopes of recruiting some prospective students for his university. In this horror fiction piece, the character however, discovers he is the one being recruited, and in a most terrifying fashion.

ART:

“The Politics of Naming”By Amy Traylor
Amy Traylor examines the artwork by Julianne Harvey, Julia Sapir and Topher House, to name a few. Pictures of the artwork and explanations are provided, as well as the author’s personal impression of selected pieces. All artwork was part of an exhibit conducted by the Feminist Research Institute and the University of New Mexico.

REVIEWS:

“Review of WaitingBy Kathe Davis
This is a review of a novel by Goretti Kyomuhendo, which is about the war and brutal forces of the Ugandan regime run by Dictator Idi Amin, and a family’s tale of being caught up in such a violent environment. The reviewer suggests that the author offers the reader with a message of hope amidst chaos.

“Review of The WisCon ChroniclesBy Janice M. Bogstad
This is a review about an anthology that is an historical account of the WisCon events, which are conventions of the feminist science fiction genre. The WisCon Chronicles is the first of the series that commemorates the 30 year anniversary of WisCon.

“Review of Dearest AnneBy Lani Ravin
Lani Ravin writes a review of a book that is about a woman reliving her youth who presents her life story to the reader through a diary she kept as a teenager. The time period is set in the late 1970’s and takes place in Haifa, Israel. The reviewer feels this book can be compared to The Diary of Anne Frank.

“Review of IsraIslandBy Lani Ravin
A review of a book that paints a ‘what if’ picture of a world in which the Holocaust never happened. It offers an alternative reality to the Israeli reader by erasing a very real and painful part of history.

“Review of De Secretis MulierumBy Ritch Calvin
Ritch Calvin reviews a science fiction novella by L. Timmel Duchamp, which is about shocking discoveries of historical figures by way of a new technological device called the PSD (short for Post-Scan Device). This device allows scientists to study and observe deceased individuals by using their DNA. Questions on the existence of gender disguises cause one to reexamine history itself and a woman’s role in it, as well as the accuracy and truthfulness of historical accounts.

“Review of Feminist Philosophy and Science Fiction” By Marleen S. Barr
The reviewer criticizes a work by Judith A. Little that is about the differences between the sexes and is comprised of feminist science fiction by numerous authors. The reviewer clearly was displeased with the structure, format and cost of the book. She also felt the works of some authors were not given the full attention they deserved.

“Review of Afro-Female Futures By Phillipa Kafka
Phillipa Kafka gives a review of a collection of pieces published by Marlene Barr, which are about the black woman’s role in the science fiction genre, contributions of African American writers, and examinations of homosexuality by culturalists, as well as numerous interviews given by Barr and Carl Freedman. The reviewer feels the collection presented by Barr would best be used as a textbook for a college course.

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