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A contested freedom: the fragile future of Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Show simple item record Donaldson, Eileen 2016-09-30T13:26:25Z 2016-09-30T13:26:25Z 2014-10
dc.identifier.citation Donaldson, Eileen. 2014. A contested freedom: The fragile future of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, in English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies, 31:2, 94-107 en
dc.identifier.issn 1013-1752
dc.description.abstract Most scholarship that addresses Octavia E. Butler’s 1979 novel Kindred focuses on its value as a forerunner of the neo-slave narrative in African-American literature, and thus the manner in which traces of the past affect the protagonist’s present in the novel. However, given Butler’s established fixation with the future, I contend that one may also read Kindred from a futurist perspective. I find that Butler’s vision of the future in this novel is pessimistic because the protagonist fails to resist the white, patriarchal authority perpetuated in patrilinear time in a definitive manner, so that the liberatory trajectory of the novel ultimately fails. Because of this, Butler’s pessimistic vision of the future is one in which racism and sexism may well continue to haunt African-American experience. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject Octavia Butler, feminist science fiction, feminist speculative fiction, Afrofuturism, second wave feminism, time travel, patrilinear time, postmodern slave narrative, feminist agency, feminist futures en
dc.title A contested freedom: the fragile future of Octavia Butler’s Kindred en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department English Studies en

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