Riversend

Kelso, Sylvia (2009) Riversend. Juno books, Rockville, MD, USA.

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Abstract

Fighting doubt and convention, beset with great challenge and facing profound change, Tellurith leads her displaced House to a new beginning and a different life in Iskarda--a life that includes men and women as equals. But the traditionalist Iskardans are outraged by Tellurith's policies and appalled by her love for two husbands: Alkhes--the rough, dark Outlander who brought Amberlight its doom--and golden Sarth, epitome of the urbane men of the Amberlight Towers. To achieve Tellurith's dream, both must re-shape their lives. To preserve the dream, all three must journey to Dhasdein's imperial capital of Riversend and face deadly menace and perilous machination.

Research Statement

Research Background Riversend, the sequel to Amberlight, was a further exploration of the imagined world and its gender politics, this time with Utopian elements, drawing on the critical work of feminist theorists such as Joanna Russ and Donna Haraway, and science fiction writers such as the black gay SF writer Samuel R. Delany. It was also an exploration of a multiple viewpoint novel, written as three characters' diaries.
Research Contribution Riversend contributes to two long-lived strands in science fiction and Utopian fiction, with offshoots into modern fantasy. These strands produce thought experiments in imagined worlds which become, in turn, voices in the fictional dialogue, and material for critical approaches to this fiction, dealt with by feminist and Utopian as well as other theorists.
Research Significance Riversend again offers a way of thinking about gender and sexuality beyond pure theory.
Item ID: 36933
Item Type: Book (Creative Work)
Keywords: fantasy; adventure; 2008 Aurealis award finalist for best novel; Australian author; North Queensland author; creative writing; fiction; science fiction
ISBN: 978-0-8095-7329-5
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2015 05:17
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 100%
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