Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Taylor Driggers (University of Glasgow)
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Although Ursula K. Le Guin was writing science fiction throughout the 1960s, her writing received little critical attention until her fantasy novel A Wizard of Earthsea burst onto the scene in 1968. The following year, 1969, Le Guin returned to the hybrid blend of science fiction and immersive fantasy with which she had experimented in early novels like Rocannon’s World (1966) with The Left Hand of Darkness. Set on a planet without binary gender, the novel is often cited as a defining example of feminist science fiction, and solidified many of the attributes that would define Le Guin’s writing for the rest of her career. The thought experiment that Le Guin undertakes—what would a society …

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Citation: Driggers, Taylor. "The Left Hand of Darkness". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 November 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11787, accessed 25 September 2023.]

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