Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Octavia Butler's Uncanny Women: Structure and Characters in The Patternist Series
by Whiteside, Briana, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2014, 51; 1560047
Abstract (Summary)

This article seeks to explore the possibilities of considering science fiction as a way to enliven African American literary studies. I adapt the term "uncanny" as an alternate way of describing black women characters in science fiction. In order to create a gateway for science fiction to be incorporated into classroom discussions about black women characters in literature, there has to be a part of departure. I argue that Octavia Butler repurposes what is normally associated with representations of black women characters by presenting protagonists who defy conventional societal expectations of black women. Butler's lead characters are healers whose superhuman capabilities represent distinctive contractions of female heroism.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rambsy, Howard
Commitee: Anderson, Jill, Ramaswamy, Anushiya
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: English Language and Literature
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: African American Studies, American literature
Keywords: Butler, Octavia E., Healers, Patternist series, Strong black women, Uncanny
Publication Number: 1560047
ISBN: 9781321012125
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