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Human Contradictions in Octavia E. Butler's Work

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Contributes to the study of African American literature by studying Butler’s complete works

  • Analyzes race, gender, and embodiment in science fiction

  • Addresses power dynamics, post-humanism and responses to exploitation in Butler

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: Human Contradictions in Octavia E. Butler’s Work

    • Martin Japtok, Jerry Rafiki Jenkins
    Pages 1-12
  3. Troubling Issues of Consent in Dawn

    • Joshua Yu Burnett
    Pages 107-119
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 245-252

About this book

Human Contradictions in Octavia Butler’s Work continues the critical discussions of Butler’s work by offering a variety of theoretical perspectives and approaches to Butler’s text. This collection contains original essays that engage Butler’s series (Seed to Harvest, Xenogenesis, Parables), her stand-alone novels (Kindred and Fledgling), and her short stories. The essays explore new facets of Butler’s work and its relevance to philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, cultural studies, ethnic studies, women’s studies, religious studies, American studies, and U.S. history. The volume establishes new ways of reading this seminal figure in African American literature, science fiction, feminism, and popular culture.

Keywords

  • science fiction
  • afrofuturism
  • Octavia Butler
  • gender studies
  • race studies
  • disability studies
  • posthumanism

Reviews

Human Contradictions in Octavia E. Butler’s Work is a solid and stimulating addition to Butler scholarship. The collection covers a wide range of concerns that continue to speak to the times we live in. Through a variety of approaches, it engages with the fullness of Butler’s work and shows how it remains useful for understanding and providing solutions to local and global problems. The volume has an interdisciplinary appeal, and will be of interest to both established and new scholars of different disciplines.” (Raffaella Baccolini, University of Bologna, Italy)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Palomar College, San Marcos, USA

    Martin Japtok, Jerry Rafiki Jenkins

About the editors

Martin Japtok is Associate Professor of English at Palomar College, USA, and has authored Growing Up Ethnic: Nationalism and the Bildungsroman in African American and Jewish American Fiction (2005), edited Postcolonial Perspectives on Women Writers from Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S. (2003), and co-edited Authentic Blackness/”Real” Blackness: Essays on the Meaning of Blackness in Literature and Culture (2011) .

Jerry Rafiki Jenkins is Professor of English at Palomar College, USA, and is the author of The Paradox of Blackness in African American Vampire Fiction (2019) and co-editor of Authentic Blackness/”Real” Blackness: Essays on the Meaning of Blackness in Literature and Culture (2011).


Bibliographic Information

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eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-46625-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)