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Octavia Butler – Essays, Interviews, Tributes

May 22, 2008 By: admin Category: Listening, Reading, Teaching, Viewing No Comments →

From Professor Janet Winston (English)
Here are titles and links to some useful essays, interviews, and tributes and obituaries.
Several of the interviews are audio- and/or visually-archived, so instructors can play these in class:
Octavia Butler’s website:
http://www.sfwa.org/members/Butler/ This contains numerous links to interviews, photographs, tributes to her and
obituaries after her passing. Teachers might find the links to audiotaped
interviews with Butler especially useful for the classroom.
Here are two interviews on NPR:
http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/racism/010830.octaviabutler.html
http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/racism/010830.octaviabutleressay.html
“Devil Girl From Mars: Why I Write Science Fiction” (transcript of speech
Butler gave at MIT in 1998)
http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/forums/octaviabutler.html

**Videotaped interview of Butler on Democracy Now (2005)
http://www.archive.org/details/dn2005-1111_vid
She talks about global warming and reads from Parable of the Talents (the sequel to Parable of the Sower)

Scholarly essays and interviews:
“The Relationship Between Community and Subjectivity in Octavia Butler’s
Parable of the Sower” by Clara Escoda Agusti
Extrapolation 46.3 (2005): 351-59

“‘The More Things Change, The More They Remain the Same’: Gender and
Sexuality in Octavia Butler’s Oeuvre” by Sharon DeGraw in Femspec 4.2, 219-

“An Interview With Octavia Butler” by Randall Kenan
in Callaloo 14.2 (Spring, 1991): 495-504

“‘Radio Imagination’: Octavia Butler on the Poetics of Narrative Embodiment”
by Marilyn Mehaffy and AnaLouise Keating
in MELUS 26.1 (Spring 2001):45-76

“‘All that you touch you change’: Utopian Desire and the Concept of Change
in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents
By Patricia Melzer in Femspec 3.2 (Jun 2002): 31-

THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER AS RENDERED BY OCTAVIA BUTLER: LESSONS FOR OUR
CHANGING TIMES by Sandra Govan
In Femspec 4.2 (Jun 2003): 239-

About the Author

April 15, 2008 By: admin Category: Reading 1 Comment →

Obituaries are one good source of information for authors once they are deceased. Parable author Octavia Butler died February 24, 2006 in Seattle, from injuries sustained in a fall. Here are some examples from among the many tributes published at the time of her death:

New York Times Obituary published on March 1, 2006:

Octavia Butler, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 58

From a hometown paper, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, on February 27, 2006:

Octavia Butler, 1947-2006: Sci-fi writer a gifted pioneer in white, male domain

She was recognized in the Washington Post:

Octavia Butler, Lonely Bright Star of the Sci-Fi Universe

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