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I just found this cool drawing of Ursula Le Guin on a page that was reviewing one of her books and I thought you all might think it was cool! Here’s the link to the review.
Because the author has signed it, and I’ve cited the review on my wiki page, can I use this image on my wikipedia entry?
Dear Sally Miller Gearhart,
I am so fascinated and captivated by the strides and sacrifices you’ve made in your life that have directly influenced my own life, and countless people in my generation and the generations after.
I want to express my extreme never-ending gratitude for the fact that, after obtaining tenure at San Francisco State in 1973 (which is monumental in itself) you created one of the first Women and Gender Studies programs in the country. I have no doubt that without this huge achievement that you made, the program that I myself am majoring in at the University of Oregon, 40 years later, would not exist. I’m sure of this because I know that a fund created in your name supports my program, and therefore supports me and my peers.
I want to say thank you for being brave and going after tenure at SFSU, without that accomplishment you might not have been able to create a program teaching classes that were widely considered controversial. I know that some of your peers in the Science Fiction community were not so lucky as to get tenure, and I know that San Francisco and Northern California were seriously considering passing the Briggs Initiative, which would have been devastating for openly gay teachers, so the fact that you were openly a lesbian and you had the courage to fight for your right to teach and your right to tenure in a seriously adverse climate is inspiring to say the least.
I could only dream of making the impact you’ve made, and I am truly awestruck by your passion and achievements. I just want to express my thanks.
For my final project, I plan to explore how some of the different authors we’re looking at identified themselves within the feminist movement. I’m interested in discovering this through looking at how some of the authors expressed their beliefs to their peers, and how they did or did not agree with each other’s beliefs. Obviously, I don’t want to generalize based on their personal interactions, but I believe I can discover a lot through their correspondences, especially considering the time period a lot of these correspondences were taking place during. The letters I will be looking at were written during the 1970’s, a decade that was extremely powerful for the feminist movement, when a lot of issues were being addressed and fought.
I plan on looking at three authors, the first being James Tiptree Jr.. I am curious about Tiptree’s ties to the feminist movement because Tiptree’s identity was controversial, in that there has been much debate as to which gender Alice Sheldon/ James Tiptree identified with. I believe that Tiptree’s gender fluidity could certainly be something that made him feel closer to the feminist movement and the fight for equality. I will also be looking at Joanna Russ because of her tendency to be greatly outspoken, in addition to the fact that she is one of the most widely-known feminist writers. I also expect that Russ will have a lot to express in her letters to Alice Turner about her being denied tenure, and how that related to her beliefs around feminism and activism. Lastly, I will be looking at Ursula Le Guin, because she consistently explored feminist themes in her texts, including the theme of deconstructing gender, which I find very interesting.
For my research I will be looking at all of the correspondences between the three authors themselves, in addition to looking at Joanna Russ’s correspondence with Sally Miller-Gearhart and Russ’s correspondence with Alice Turner. I’m interested in looking at Russ’s correspondence with Gearhart because we have discussed Gearhart’s affiliation with the lesbian-separatist branch of feminism, and I would be interested in reading Russ’s opinion on that, and I will be looking at her correspondence with Turner because I am interested in reading more about Russ’s feelings on being denied tenure and how that related to her beliefs at the time.
For the final, tangible project I am planning on making a feminist zine which will include information about the authors, information about feminism in the 1970’s (or “Second-Wave Feminism”), and finally information about the authors affiliation surrounding the feminist movement, including details about any activism they participated in and chronicled. I am really thrilled about making a zine because I will be able to not only research the letters in special collections, but I will also be able to look at and have a way to incorporate any photographs or media that I find relevant, in addition to media chronicling the feminist movement in the 1970’s.
Joanna Russ Papers, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries,
Ursula Le Guin Papers, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon
Libraries, Eugene, Or.