Octavia E. Butler is widely recognized today as one of the most important figures in contemporary science fiction. In this episode, Kendra R. Parker discusses what attracted her to Butler’s work, before jumping into discussions about Afrofuturism, the environment, representation in literature, and much more. Connecting current social movements to those of Butler’s time, this episode ultimately reflects on the timeless nature of Butler’s work and her uncanny ability to predict the future.
Dr. Kendra R. Parker, author of She Bites Back: Black Female Vampires in African American Women’s Novels, 1977-2011 (Lexington 2018), is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Literature at Georgia Southern University.
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