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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“I Hugged Myself”: First-Person Narration as an Agential Act in Octavia Butler’s “The Evening and the Morning and the Night”

Florian Bast

in Black Intersectionalities: A Critique for the 21st Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319389
eISBN:
9781781380901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319389.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter gives an introduction to the complex interrelation of agency and first-person narration in the works of Octavia Butler by way of her short story “The Evening and the Morning and the ... More


The Training Floor (1987–1989)

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/9780252040665.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the three novels in Octavia E. Butler's Xenogenesis series, published between 1987 and 1989: Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988), and Imago (1989). Dawn begins in the aftermath ... More


Blindsight (1980–1987)

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/9780252040665.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's works published between 1980 and 1987, focusing on both her published and unpublished works. It first provides an overview of Butler's career struggles as ... More


Paraclete (1999–2006)

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/9780252040665.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's published and unpublished works during the period 1999–2006. Butler's published works include the short stories “Amnesty” (2003) and “The Book of Martha” ... More


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

Isiah Lavender (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628461237
eISBN:
9781626740686
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461237.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Black and Brown Planets, edited by Isiah Lavender, III, signifies a timely exploration of the Western obsession with color in its analysis of the sometimes contrary intersections of politics and race ... More


Home of the Extraterrestrial Brothers: Race and African American Science Fiction

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The fifteenth century saw the emergence of complex notions of race, essentially coinciding with European exploration of the Americas. Rather than delve into existing material conditions, science ... More


Marvelous Stank Matter: The End of Monogamy, the Marriage Crisis, and Ethical Slutting

L. H. Stallings

in Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039591
eISBN:
9780252097683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039591.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter reviews the importance of sacred subjectivity to various black sexual cultures. In its proposal of nonmonogamy as an alternative practice for funk's genealogy of affection, ... More


Slavery and American Gothic: The Ghost of the Future

Jason Haslam

in American Gothic Culture: An Edinburgh Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474401616
eISBN:
9781474418553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401616.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter begins with a structural analysis of the relation between slavery and American gothic, examined through current approaches in American gothic criticism. It then explores an understudied ... More


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