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Science Fictions of Octavia E. Butler

ENGL 2501.401
also offered as: AFRC 2501/GSWS 2501
Wedesday 3:30-6:29pm
FBH 140 (note classroom change)

This course covers key novels, short stories, and essays by the great African American science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler, with a focus on her experiments with genre and gender-bending shape-shifters. Across texts that span her entire career, from the 1960s to 2006, Butler pursued the themes of time travel, slavery, biotechnology, ecological catastrophe, and urban survival. Novels will include selections from her Patternist, Xenogenesis, and Parable series, as well as the neo-slave narrative Kindred, the graphic novel Kindred, and her vampire novel Fledgling. Texts will be situated within the scholarly fields of Afrofuturism, Black speculative fiction, Black feminisms, animal studies, and climate fiction. Required texts may be ordered here, with pick up in-person or via mail through Making Worlds bookstore:

English Major Requirements
  • Sector 2 Difference and Diaspora (AEDD)
  • Sector 6 20th & 21st Centuries (AE20)
English Concentration Attributes
  • 20th-21st Century Concentration (AE21)
  • Africana Literature & Culture Concentration (AEAC)
College Attributes
  • Foundational Approach: Cultural Diversity in US (AUCD)
Additional Attributes