In Ursula K. Le Guin, Consent, and Metaphor, Kate Sheckler constructs a new method to categorize metaphor, arguing that the moment of consent that exists in the form determines the effects of the interchange. Using the fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, with the work of Paul Ricoeur as a primary theoretical focus, Sheckler identifies both the dangers and necessity of understanding the interplay that determines by whom and at what point consent is offered within the dynamic shift that occurs in metaphor. In doing so, she identifies the way marginalized groups and cultures can be reconstructed in service to an outside force and notes the absolute necessity of metaphor as a constructive force in a world where we must imagine new ways to approach the future.
Kate Sheckler is a member of the Marianopolis College English Department in Montreal Quebec, Canada.
Introduction: With Respect to the Future
List of Abbreviations
Chapter One: The Edge of the World: The Unknown as Metaphor in The Left Hand of Darkness
Chapter Two: Only Means: Governance and Metaphor in The Dispossessed
Chapter Three: My Sister, My Brother, My Other: The Alien in The Eye of the Heron and Four Ways to Forgiveness
Chapter Four: Something from Nothing: Acts of Creation in Le Guin’s The Telling.
Conclusion: Risky Futures
About the Author
Kate Sheckler’s exemplary reading of Le Guin’s work is to be commended for both its rigor and nuance. Moreover, her exploration of the ways in which respect, consent and agency are foundational to metaphor constitute a deep engagement with one of the central concerns of the study of literature: the negotiations and teamwork underlying all meaning-making. That makes this volume a significant contribution to science-fiction studies.