Woman on the Edge of Time Introduction There is no future outside of the present.
Plot summary[ edit ] In the s, an impoverished but intelligent thirty-seven-year-old Mexican-American woman Consuelo Connie Ramos, a resident of Spanish Harlemis unfairly incarcerated in a New York mental hospital due to her supposed violent criminal tendencies. She had been recently released from a previous governmentally forced detention in a mental institution after an episode of drug-related child neglect which led her also to lose custody of her daughter.
Connie is caught within the government welfare and child custody labyrinth of s New York City. Dolly had sought protection from Connie because she was being forced by the pimp into having an illegal abortion.
As a result, before being committed, Connie had for some time begun to communicate with "receive" from a figure from the future: Connie retains her visions and her connection, which become more and more real, even while heavily drugged in the mental hospital in New York, based loosely on Bellevue and other mental institutions of that period.
Luciente is time-traveling from a future the date is given as in which a number of goals of the political and social agenda of the late sixties and early seventies radical movements have been fulfilled.
Environmental pollutionpatriarchyhomelessnesshomophobiaracismethnocentrismphallogocentrismsexismclass-subordinationfood injusticeconsumerismimperialismand totalitarianism have been effectively dealt with in this world, which is governmentally decentralized in a loose version of anarchism.
In contrast to the contemporary s setting in an abusive mental institution where patients are labelled "violent," "incapable," "irrational," etc. Connie is introduced by Luciente to the agrarian, communal community of Mattapoisettwhere children grow up in a culture where they are encouraged to know themselves and their own minds and emotions thoroughly through practicing a type of meditation from an early age "in-knowing"in the service of social harmony and the ability to communicate with others without domination or subservience.
Disputes between towns and regions are settled peacefully through discussion and merit-based competition of ideas, with the winning parties being obliged to "throw a big party for" or otherwise conciliate the losers in each case, in order to maintain friendly relations.
A 70s emphasis on individual freedom can be seen at times: There are limits to this utopia, which threaten always at the margins: Connie learns tools of emotional and physical survival from Luciente and the future population of Mattapoisett, and comes to feel that she is living at an important time in history, and that she herself is in a pivotal position; her actions and decisions will determine the course of history.
Women in this intensely violent, misogynistic and homophobic world are valued and "grown" solely for appearance and sexuality, and plastic surgery that gives women grotesquely exaggerated sexual features is commonplace.
The novel critiques mental institutions and hospitalization of its time extensively, and brings the problem of free will to the forefront as well as suggesting alternative routes to mental wellness and social reform.
She uses her limited means, despite her very restricted situation, in a desperate and apparently heroic way to prevent the dissemination of the mind-control technology that makes the future dystopia possible, putting an end to the mind-control experiments and prevents the lobotomy operation that had been planned for her and hundreds of other imprisoned patients.
Connie acts in the tradition of revolts by oppressed or subaltern classes to put a wrench into the system of oppression within which she is caught. Though her revolutionary action ensures her own permanent incarceration and possible death sentence, and may not ensure the existence of the Mattapoisett future, Connie nevertheless sees her act as a victory, and perhaps the reader is encouraged to agree: But I did fight them.
The revolution is not inevitable. It is a process of change that may require appropriate conditions and happen more readily at particular historical moments, but it will not happen at all without personal commitment and struggle.
In stark contrast to the mental hospital where the doctors are all men, in Mattapoisett, women have a special tradition and role in healing,  and positions of power rotate among men and women alike.Woman on the Edge of Time: A Novel [Marge Piercy] on leslutinsduphoenix.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
Hailed as a classic of speculative fiction, Marge Piercy’s landmark novel is a transformative vision of two futures—and what it takes to will one or the other into reality. Harrowing and prescient.
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“I put my hand on a woman’s bare back,” he told the Star Tribune by e-mail minutes after MPR’s statement. “I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt. Woman on the Edge of Time is a jeremiad, a lament for and a tirade against the plight of woman in the twentieth century.
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