Changing Bodies in the Fiction of Octavia Butler: Slaves, Aliens, and Vampires

Changing Bodies in the Fiction of Octavia Butler: Slaves, Aliens, and Vampires

by Gregory Jerome Hampton

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Overview

Changing Bodies in the Fiction of Octavia Butler: Slaves, Aliens, and Vampires is a timely text that critically situates Butler's fiction in several fields of study including American, African-American, gender, and science fiction studies. This book attempts to avoid excluding as many readers as possible by evading esoteric jargon while still engaging the interdisciplinary discourses that respond to Butler's fiction. The study asserts that Butler's fiction transforms the way the body is imagined with reference to race and gender. This text examines how Butler's fiction is able to cross several genre boundaries while simultaneously reshaping the genre of science fiction. This book makes the claim that Butler's fiction is crucial for contemporary and future investigations of identity formation. Discussions of race, class, and sex are reoccurring topic that are inextricable to any understanding of body politics and theory. This book is filled with exciting and insightful discussions that raise questions about what constitutes humanity in Butler's fiction and in the real world. Ultimately, the purpose of the text is to add to the scholarship surrounding Butler and to bring her to the attention of audiences that might otherwise overlook her work. This book is an invitation for readers inside and outside of the academy to discover the fiction of Octavia Butler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739137895
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/14/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 264 KB

About the Author

Gregory Jerome Hampton is associate professor of African American literature at Howard University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Octavia Butler&Science Fiction
Chapter 2 Chapter One: Kindred: History, Revision, and (Re)memory of Bodies
Chapter 3 Chapter Two: Wildseed: The Paradox of Bodily Inscriptions
Chapter 4 Chapter Three: Patternmaster: Hierarchies of Identity
Chapter 5 Chapter Four: Discussing Duality and the Chthonic: Octavia Butler, Wole Soyinka,&W.E.B Du Bois
Chapter 6 Chapter Five: Religious Science Fiction: Butler's Changing God
Chapter 7 Chapter Six: Migration of the Hybrid Body
Chapter 8 Chapter Seven: Vampires and Utopia: Reading Racial and Gender Politics in the Fiction of Butler
Chapter 9 After Word: Vast Frontiers
Chapter 10 On the Phone with Octavia Butler (October 2002)
Chapter 11 New Frontier Panel Discussion: Butler, Barnes, Due, and Hopkinson

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