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an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to challenging gender in science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, surrealism, myth, folklore, and other supernatural genres


Upcoming Deadlines

1 August 2019 for Vol. 19, Iss. 2

1 November 2019 for Vol. 20, Iss. 1

1 February 2020 for Vol. 20, Iss. 2


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Femspec, a peer-reviewed journal, develops community for people engaged in speculating, theorizing, creating, and questioning gender across boundaries, including issues of sexual orientation. We emphasize interdisciplinary approaches, encourage work on teaching, seek literary and cultural criticism and creative material. We are interested in a variety of feminisms, particularly how the ideas we study apply to and help change the world in which we live. We aim to be inclusive of ethnic and cultural diversity in an internationalist perspective, and we are committed to publishing experimental feminist prose, art, and poetic work, and experiment across media. Operating as sort of a union dedicated to advancing the lives of people who engage in such work, we request and expect everyone involved in the journal in any way to subscribe; submitters must do so in order to be reviewed. Subscriptions must be kept current throughout

the submission, review, revision, and publication process, and entitles the member to access other ongoing activities. We are not a vanity press; over fifty donors, individual and organizational, have supported us over the first two decades.


Highlights from Current Issue

ELISABETTA CARRARO: “Not Only a Mother: Primary Communication and Collective Symbolism in Judith Merril’s ‘That Only a Mother’”

JENNIFER COLBY: “Transforming Tonantzin/Guadalupe: Women’s Art and Dialogue in Central California”

BATYA WEINBAUM: “Contemporary Myth Making on Isla Mujeres: The Goddess Gets a Megaphone and Shouts Back, Assuring Us of Her Return”

ALICIA COLE. Interview with Margaret Atwood Fiction from MARLEEN S. BARR: “My Unfair Trumpie Closely Encounters ‘Julie Andrews’”


Call for Papers

For the next three issues, we would like to have a series of entries discussing gender essentialism in sf … do you see any? Where and where not? Why? In what era? By what authors? Who challenges it? What fiction has been produced in our community that transcends gender binaries? Why is this an important topic to discuss currently? Are the many contributions to sf by feminist authors in which women take over and run societies, inner worlds and planets  how outdated, archaic, essentialist and reactionary? Or is it important for us to continue to read, write and teach these works, in order to combat female erasure? What is their relationship to female empowerment and lesbian separatism? What is Female Man about? Gender fluidity or essentialism? Substitute any classic title from our genre into that question and write …