Study Guide

Elena Twason Zdubakov in The Female Man

By Joanna Russ

Elena Twason Zdubakov

As another member of the Belin clan, Elena Twason is also part of Janet's kinship web. She is also the runaway whom Janet kills in the line of duty. Elena's death is ambiguous, and prompts us to think critically about Whileaway's status as a feminist utopia. Because she's "unable to bear the tediousness of her work" (3.10.1), Elena abandons her social and familial responsibilities, and for this, Janet is expected to kill her.