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September 9, 2020 4:31 AM   Subscribe

"In the capital, where our Queen lives, there are two universities." "Fifty Years in the Virtuous City" by Leo Mandel (originally published on Archive Of Our Own as part of a fanworks exchange) is a short story, told in glimpses over fifty years, about two women growing as scientists, administrators, and rivals in a utopian alternate-history South Asia. Audio version available; Seth Dickinson interviews the author. Mandel's fanfiction responds to "Sultana's Dream," a 1905 utopian feminist short story by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain.
posted by brainwane (4 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
brainewane, you are the best!!!
posted by Literaryhero at 4:33 AM on September 9, 2020 [2 favorites]

Content note: a death by suicide occurs in the story.
posted by brainwane at 8:01 AM on September 9, 2020

Thank you for the link to Sultana's Dream - Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, aka Begum Rokeya, was a pioneer of women's liberation and an important figure in Bengali culture.
posted by unicorn chaser at 8:36 AM on September 9, 2020 [1 favorite]

That was so lovely!
posted by geeklizzard at 3:15 AM on September 10, 2020 [1 favorite]

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