Marleen S. Barr

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Marleen Barr teaches communication and media studies at Fordham University, New York City. She is notable for her significant contributions to science fiction studies, for which she won a Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association in 1997.[1] Her primary contributions have been her foundational work in the field of feminist science fiction criticism;[2] her 1981 anthology Future Females: A Critical Anthology "served as an introduction and eye-opener to the field of Feminist Science Fiction."[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Original Criticism[edit]

  • Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory (1987)
  • Feminist Fabulation: Space/Postmodern Fiction (1992)
  • Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond (1993)
  • Genre Fission: A New Discourse Practice for Cultural Studies (2000)

Edited Works of Criticism[edit]

  • Future Females: A Critical Anthology (1981) (editor)
  • Future Females, The Next Generation: New Voices and Velocities in Feminist Science Fiction Criticism (2000) (editor)
  • Envisioning the Future: Science Fiction and the Next Millennium (2003) (editor)
  • Reading Science Fiction (2009) (co-editor, with James Gunn and Matthew Candelaria)


  • Oy Pioneer! (novel; 2003)



  1. ^ The Locus Index to SF Awards, Science Fiction Research Association Awards.
  2. ^ See, e.g., C. Jason Smith & Ximena Gallardo C., "Oy Science Fiction", Reconstruction v.5, n.4 (Fall 2005) ("Marleen S. Barr is a pioneer of feminist science fiction criticism"); Inez van der Spek, Alien Plots, p.42; David Seed, A Companion to Science Fiction, p.52; etc.
  3. ^ Lorie Sauble-Otto, "Review of Barr, Future Females", Rocky Mountain Review (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association), v.57, n.2 (Fall 2003).
  4. ^ "Science Fiction Scholar Receives Fulbright," Oct. 10, 2006, Fordham In Focus: Faculty and Research.

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