Of Bodies, Communities, and Voices

Agency in Writings by Octavia Butler

45,00 € *

1. Edition, 2015
238 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-6510-3
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume No.: 262
Available: 22.09.2015

Keywords: gender studies, Subjektivität, Science fiction, Gemeinschaft, Autonomie, 20. Jahrhundert, African American Studies, Butler, Octavia, Gendertheorie, Handlungsvermögen, amerikanische Literatur

This study investigates the narrative contribution of texts by African American science fiction author Octavia Butler to ongoing philosophical debates about the conceptualization of agency. These debates have been central and highly controversial both within the context of postmodern de- and reconstructions of the subject and within the ongoing struggle of feminism, critical race studies, and other schools of thought for social justice.

Discussing five novels and one short story by Butler, this book demonstrates that these texts, creatively referencing African American literary traditions, do not only individually perform multifaceted theoretical work regarding agency. They also engage in an intertextual dialogue with each other on the ethical and theoretical complexities of agency, specifically in relation to three categories at the heart of African American (women’s) cultural history: body, community, and voice.

Marie-Luise Löffler in: Amerikastudien / American Studies, 62.3 (2017), URL: https://dgfa.de/florian-bast-of-bodies-communities-and-voices-agency-in-writings-by-octavia-butler-heidelberg-winter-2015-221-pp/

in: American Literature, Vol. 88.4 (2016), 872