Historical Context

Illiteracy
Rising rates of illiteracy became a matter of public concern in America in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1989,...

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Parable of the Sower Literary Style

Dystopia
A dystopia is an unpleasant, sometimes frightening, imaginary future world. Dystopias usually take undesirable aspects...

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Parable of the Sower Literary Techniques

Like Butler's other novels, Parable of the Sower is written in the first person; this time concertedly because the novel consists...

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Parable of the Sower Ideas for Group Discussions

Butler's works feature principally women of nonwhite races as protagonists, mostly African American. She has in her stones followed the...

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Parable of the Sower Social Concerns

Parable of the Sower predicts the rise of an age of terrorism in America, a terrorism that engulfs the peaceful, traditionally secure...

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Parable of the Sower Topics for Further Study

Research the history of illiteracy in the United States. What can be done to tackle illiteracy in the United States? How have educational...

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Parable of the Sower Literary Precedents

Novelists of major reputation have written stories of the future as proliferating wasteland. Aldous Huxley's Ape and Essence (1948) is...

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Parable of the Sower What Do I Read Next?

Parable of the Talents (1998) is Butler’s sequel to Parable of the Sower. The Earthseed community that Lauren founded is...

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Parable of the Sower Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Johnson, Rebecca O., “African-American, Feminist Science Fiction,” in Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, Vol. 19, No. 6, February 1994, pp. 12–14.

Jonas, Gerald, Review of Parable of the Sower, in New York Times Book Review, January 2, 1994, p. 22.

Miller, Faren, Review of Parable of the Sower, in Locus, December 1993, pp. 17, 19.

See, Lisa, “An Interview with Octavia Butler,” in Publishers Weekly, Vol. 240, No. 50, December 13, 1993, pp. 50–51.

Zaki, Hoda, Review of Parable of the Sower, in Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 11, Nos. 10 and 11, July 1994, pp. 37–38.

Further...

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Parable of the Sower Bibliography

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Allison, Dorothy. “The Future of Female: Octavia Butler’s Mother Lode.” In Reading Black, Reading Feminist, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Meridian, 1990.

Fry, Joan. “ Interview with Octavia Butler.” In Poets and Writers Magazine 25, no. 2 (March/April, 1997): 58-69.

Govan, Sandra Y. “Octavia Butler” in Notable Black American Women. Detroit: Gale, 1992.

Potts, Steven W. “We Keep Playing the Same Record: A Conversation with Octavia E. Butler.” Science Fiction Studies 23 (November, 1996): 331-338.

Stevenson,...

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