Tuesday, February 28, 2006

OH, NO!! Octavia Butler has died!! I've just recently fallen in love with her work and started using her Parable of the Sower in my ethnic lit classes....(via Gladys). Jean introduced me to her work and just a month or so ago, she was interviewed on NPR (a student brought me a copy)for her new novel, The Fledgling.

I use her novel in an ethnic lit course because she stretches the limits of reading race and ethnicity by appealing to a larger context -- the question of survival and the sustainability of hope in the real world of diminishing resources. Plus, of course, that her protagonists are always women, black women, young black women like Olamina.

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