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Xenogenesis and the Technical Legal Subject

Kieran Tranter

in Living in Technical Legality: Science Fiction and Law as Technology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474420891
eISBN:
9781474453707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420891.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter argues that a detailed reading of Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Xenogenesis’ series clarifies how, notwithstanding the challenges to its being and its agency by technical legality, responsibility ... More


Detours Through the Past: Traversing Paradigms in Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Michael Ra-Shon Hall

in Freedom Beyond Confinement: Travel and Imagination in African-American Cultural History and Letters

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781949979701
eISBN:
9781800852969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781949979701.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Demonstrating how the concerns of early writers publishing during Jim Crow finds continuity in the fiction published by post-segregation, post-civil rights writers, the fourth chapter considers ... More


(Re)Presenting Racial Permeability, (Dis)Ability, and Racial (Dis)Affiliations

Myriam J. A. Chancy

in Autochthonomies: Transnationalism, Testimony, and Transmission in the African Diaspora

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252043048
eISBN:
9780252051906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043048.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter explores how “race” is both constructed and performed, the ways in which some of these performances have been naturalized, and the degree to which, as such, “race” can be reformulated ... More


“Not Our Own”: Sex, Genre, and the Insect Poetics of Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild”

Zakiyyah Iman Jackson

in Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479890040
eISBN:
9781479834556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479890040.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter 3 begins an inquiry into the constitutive role of antiblackness for the logics of scientific taxonomical species hierarchies. The chapter identifies the agentic capaciousness of embodied ... More


Claiming the Property of History in Octavia Butler’s Kindred and Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard

Sarah Gilbreath Ford

in Haunted Property: Slavery and the Gothic

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781496829696
eISBN:
9781496829740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496829696.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines Octavia Butler’s Kindred (1979), a postmodern novel involving a woman from 1976 traveling back through time to the nineteenth-century world of slavery, and Natasha Trethewey’s ... More


Digging Deep: Ailments of Difference in Octavia Butler’s “The Evening and the Morning and the Night”

IsIah Lavender III

in Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628461237
eISBN:
9781626740686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461237.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Isiah Lavender, III, in “Digging Deep: Ailments of Difference in Octavia Butler’s ‘The Evening and the Morning and the Night,’” demonstrates how Butler’s critically neglected story is a race story, ... More


Alien Sex: Octavia Butler and Deleuze and Guattari's Polysexuality

Ronald Bogue

in Deleuze and Sex

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748642618
eISBN:
9780748671755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642618.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In this chapter, Ronald Bogue reads a set of fictional texts to show how they make it possible to develop our understanding of the consequences of Deleuze and Guattari's work on sexuality. That ... More


Octavia E. Butler

Gerry Canavan

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

“I began writing about power because I had so little,” Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler's life as an African American woman—an alien in American society and among science fiction writers—informed ... More


Childfinder (1947–1971)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's early life and writing career, focusing on her two short stories, “Crossover” (1971) and “Childfinder” (completed 1971, published 2014). It first provides a ... More


Books of Life: Postmodern Uses of Print Literacy

Madhu Dubey

in Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226167268
eISBN:
9780226167282
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226167282.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The modern legacy of print literacy has come under fire in the postmodern era because of its presumed irrelevance to new social conditions and constituencies. The more powerful sway of electronic ... More


Psychogenesis (1971–1976)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's writing career during the period 1971–1976, focusing on her early Patternist books, Patternmaster (1976), Mind of My Mind (1977), and Survivor (1978), along ... More


God of Clay (1989–2006)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the two novels in Octavia E. Butler's Parables series, published between 1989–2006: Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998). The Parables series ... More


Beginning at the End

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book examines the life and work of Octavia E. Butler. Butler, who died on February 24, 2006, at the age of 58, left behind an impressive literary legacy of twelve novels and nine short stories ... More


Unexpected Stories

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Octavia E. Butler's literary and cultural legacy. Aside from her novels, interviews, and essays, Butler has contributed to the flourishing of diversity in science fiction from ... More


At home in the world? Orphans learn and remember in African American novels

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

in Making home: Orphanhood, kinship and cultural memory in contemporary American novels

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719089596
eISBN:
9781781707289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter offers analyses of African American orphans in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling (2005), Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories (1991), and Toni Morrison’s A Mercy (2008). These writers employ ... More


“Open to Me. Maybe I Can Help”: Networked Consciousness and Ethical Subjectivity in Octavia E. Butler’s Mind of My Mind

Mathieu Donner

in Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction: Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496816696
eISBN:
9781496816733
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

After millennia of eugenic planning, Doro’s supremacy is challenged by a young telepath named Mary in Octavia Butler’s Mind of My Mind. Matthieu Donner argues that Mary’s transition as described by ... More


Octavia Butler’s Vampiric Vision: Fledgling

Timothy M. Robinson

in Vampires and Zombies: Transcultural Migrations and Transnational Interpretations

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496804747
eISBN:
9781496804785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804747.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Octavia Butler’s Fledgling (2005) chronicles the story of Shori Matthews, a 53-year-old vampire who looks like a 10-year-old black girl. Shori awakens with amnesia and physical scarring as a result ... More


To Keep Thee in All Thy Ways (1976–1980)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's writing career during the period 1976–1980, focusing on her published works Kindred (1979), “Near of Kin” (1979), and Wild Seed as well as the unpublished ... More


Survivalist Anthropology

Mark Payne

in Flowers of Time: On Postapocalyptic Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691205946
eISBN:
9780691206400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691205946.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at postapocalyptic fiction that brackets the direct, immediately productive relationship between occupation and mentation. It explains how postapocalyptic fiction posits the need ... More


Coda

Douglas Mao

in Inventions of Nemesis: Utopia, Indignation, and Justice

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691199252
eISBN:
9780691211640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691199252.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This coda studies the concepts of the experience machine and the metautopia. Both address what may be the most intractable of the problems that human beings themselves present for the utopian ... More


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