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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 873–875.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Nancy McCabe Octavia E. Butler . By Gerry Canavan . Urbana : Univ. of Illinois Press . 2016 . xvii, 225 pp. Cloth, $95.00 ; paper, $22.00 ; e-book, $19.80 . How to Revise a True War Story: Tim O’Brien’s Process of Textual Production . By John K. Young . Iowa City...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (1): 115–143.
Published: 01 March 2021
... narratives including Alex Haley’s Roots (1976), Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred (1979), Sherley Anne Williams’s Dessa Rose (1986), Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987), Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes (2007), and M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong! (2008), this essay explores the tension between sentimentality...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 255–282.
Published: 01 June 2021
... of contemporary literature and film; the key prose authors discussed are Octavia E. Butler, Margaret Atwood, Ernest Callenbach, and Kim Stanley Robinson. These texts are used to identify patterns of thought that have become habitual in the cultural moment of the Anthropocene, and they are explored as critiques...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (1): 211–214.
Published: 01 March 2022
..., the author seeks applications—and even enactions—of these “ensembles, constellations, and configurations” in postapocalyptic novels like the MaddAddam trilogy (Margaret Atwood, 2003–13), Blindness (José Saramago, 1995), the Parable series (Octavia E. Butler, 1993–98), and The Road (Cormac McCarthy, 2006...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 911–913.
Published: 01 December 2019
... fiction from comics like X-Men and Y: The Last Man to recent prose works by Margaret Atwood, Octavia E. Butler, and Richard Powers to filmic works like Orphan Black and Gattaca (1997). The “postsecular thinking” (30) produced by genomic knowledge seems to have a particular and unique resonance...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 779–805.
Published: 01 December 2010
... master. 38 James McBride, Song Yet Sung (New York: Penguin, 2008), 280. Further references are to this edition and will be cited parenthetically in the text as SYS. 39 Octavia E. Butler, Wild Seed (New York: Warner, 1988), 102, 105. 40 Another speculative novel of slavery...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (3): 681–686.
Published: 01 September 2011
... lit- erature and twentieth-­century African American literature. Black Atlantic Speculative Fictions: Octavia E. Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Nalo Hopkin- son. By Ingrid Thaler. New York: Routledge. 2010. 193 pp. $103.00. Contemporary black female writers are the focus of this study, which uses...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (2): 449–460.
Published: 01 June 2000
... Baby, Charlotte Watson Sherman’s One Dark Body,LeonForrest’sDivine Days, Walter Mosley’s Black Betty, and Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. In the process Jablon explains and engages histories and theories of meta...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 869–873.
Published: 01 December 2016
... of postwar to contemporary novels, short fiction, and poetry by eight authors. This work will be of particular interest to scholars of Appalachian studies, regional writing, and US Southern literary studies. Of Bodies, Communities, and Voices: Agency in Writings by Octavia Butler . By Florian Bast...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 791–798.
Published: 01 December 2020
... : Anchor . Butler Octavia E. 1998 . Parable of the Talents . New York : Seven Stories . Butler Octavia E. [1993] 2000 . Parable of the Sower . New York : Grand Central . Cameron James , dir. 1991 . Terminator 2: Judgment Day . Culver City, CA : Tristar Pictures...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 251–278.
Published: 01 June 2011
... Salvaggio, “Octavia Butler and the Black Science Fiction Heroine,” Black American Literature Forum 18 (summer 1984): 78–81; and Thelma J. Shinn, “The Wise Witches: Black Women Mentors in the Fiction of Octavia E. Butler,” in Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 838–840.
Published: 01 December 2015
... range and nuance, Wagner-Lawlor shows how speculative writers outline the “figure of a feminist utopian consciousness” (2). In crafting this argument, she reads novels and memoirs including Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower (1993), Nalo...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (2): 237–249.
Published: 01 June 2011
... is the exas- peration of Octavia Butler’s high-­school writing teacher: “Can’t you write anything normal?”9 Many writers and critics continue to distinguish SF from “genuine” literature with all the confidence of Justice Potter Stewart when he sliced another guilty pleasure out from the body...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 857–863.
Published: 01 December 2015
... that ask readers to perform new ethical relations to “difference and otherness,” including works by Shakespeare, Herman Mel- ville, Octavia Butler, Cory Doctorow, and Philip K. Dick. In a series of “case studies” that demonstrate the transitions between the local, national, and global, this work...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 619–647.
Published: 01 September 2019
... of the civil rights and black power movements. Such themes can be found in the neo-slave narrative genre, which first emerged in the second half of the twentieth century with the publication of novels like Margaret Walker’s Jubilee (1966), Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred (1979), and Toni Morrison’s Beloved...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 681–688.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Velázquez Antonio, and Makenzie Renee Fitzgerald—and their professor, Benjamin Reiss, the important role public humanities can play in such a crisis. For his part, Michael Bérubé embraces uncertainty, turning to Octavia Butler’s Parable novels to find in her postapocalyptic speculative fiction what he calls...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (4): 863–870.
Published: 01 December 2010
... Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma, and an essay by Sarah Wood explores the intersection of religion and patriarchy in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents. 870 American Literature August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle. Ed. Alan Nadel. Iowa City...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (2): 439–448.
Published: 01 June 2018
... the importance of black writers of science fiction like Samuel R. Delany and Octavia Butler, he seeks to move the study of black speculative fiction beyond the scholarship on those two authors. Indeed, books like Carrington’s mark an important point of maturation for the study of comics within academic...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 197–198.
Published: 01 March 2008
... Kenan, and Octavia Butler, among others. She is especially interested in how African American authors appropriate sacred symbols and idioms for secular purposes, often in order to advocate civil rights and democratic ideals. The volume traces a long legacy of such religious refashionings...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 198.
Published: 01 March 2008
... Kenan, and Octavia Butler, among others. She is especially interested in how African American authors appropriate sacred symbols and idioms for secular purposes, often in order to advocate civil rights and democratic ideals. The volume traces a long legacy of such religious refashionings...