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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


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


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


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


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


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