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Octavia Butler

In Butler's story, a mysterious illness has caused most humans to lose their language skills—most cannot read, or speak. People are reduced to sign language, or carrying objects that represent...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2017, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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Octavia Butler

Well, there are a lot of themes in the story. Here are the ones that stand out to me: 1) The importance of language. In Rye’s world, most people can’t speak or read, and this inability to...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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Octavia Butler

In Octavia Butler’s “Speech Sounds” there are two protagonists in the story. Rye is a young woman trying to survive after a pandemic illness results in massive deaths and leaves the survivors...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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Octavia Butler

The short answer to your query is no. Octavia Butler rose to fame as a science fiction author with the publication of her five-novel Patternist series from 1971 to 1984. Interestingly, the five...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019, 11:10 pm (UTC)

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Octavia Butler

With “Postmodern Blackness,” bell hooks can help readers understand the fiction of Octavia Butler because hooks sees postmodernism as a means to address the suffering of disparate identities. As...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021, 6:06 pm (UTC)

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Octavia Butler

In Collisions at the Crossroads, Genevieve Carpio details how people of color in Southern California were immobilized due to racist laws. She notes how joyriding laws led to the arrests of a...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2020, 4:53 pm (UTC)

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Octavia Butler

American novelist and sci-fi writer Octavia Butler occupies a distinct position in the canon of American literature. Her works span numerous hybrid and speculative genres; including historical...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2014, 11:30 pm (UTC)

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