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Donawerth, Jane

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

(?   -    ) US academic, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Maryland, who has written extensively about Women SF Writers. She contributed entries about such authors to the 1993 second edition of this encyclopedia. Her first book-length publication of genre interest was Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference (anth 1994) edited by herself (as Jane L Donawerth) and Carol A Kolmerten, containing her own essay "Science Fiction by Women in the Early Pulps, 1926-1930" (see Pulp; Utopias). This was followed by the solo collection Frankenstein's Daughters: Women Writing Science Fiction (coll 1997), comprising short essays on 58 significant novels by women, beginning with Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) and usefully focusing on the included science in these works. Donawerth subsequently contributed to several anthologies of genre criticism. She received the IAFA Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2007. [DRL]

Jane L Donawerth


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