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Suggested Readings

Chu, John. “The Law and the Profits.” The Revelator, vol.139, no. 1, 2016. 4,400 words.

Lu, S. Qiouyi. “Curiosity Fruit Machine.” GlitterShip, vol. 1, no. 33, 2017. 700 words.

Anders, Charlie Jane. “Love Might Be Too Strong a Word.” Lightspeed Magazine, vol. 1, no. 27, 2012. 5,400 words.

Takács, Bogi. “The Handcrafted Motions of Flight.” Stone Telling: The Magazine of Boundary-crossing Poetry, vol. 1, no. 7, 2012. 500 words.

More readings are available on my Neopronouns in Speculative Fiction page.


Compare and contrast your answers to these questions for each reading.

You can use the spaces below to draft responses for readings. Please note that if you hit “submit,” your response will be saved and website administrators (currently only S. Qiouyi Lu) will be able to read your response. If you would like feedback on your answers, please feel free to book office hours.

Title of reading

Author(s) and translator(s) (if applicable) of reading

Publication information and/or URL for reading

Please include as much bibliographic information for the reading as possible. This helps me find additional work that uses neopronouns if you’ve provided your own readings.

What were your general impressions of the story? How did you react when you finished reading it?

  • You don’t have to comment specifically on neopronoun use, but neopronoun use will likely be part of your reaction.
  • It’s okay to struggle with the neopronouns or find them awkward. Just reflect on what might have sparked that response for you.

How was gender depicted in this world?

How were neopronouns used to help depict gender in this world?

Was the gender system in this story presented in a high-context or low-context way? Which part(s) of the story led you to come to your answer?

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