Black Atlantic Speculative Fictions: Octavia E. Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Nalo Hopkinson

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-03-10
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Thaler argues that the recent growth of speculative fictions by black writers has brought forth a genre of its own called Black Atlantic Speculative Fiction. Speculative fiction is an umbrella term for all kinds of fantastic writing, including utopian and science fiction, and in this volume Thaler looks at contemporary novels by female authors of speculative fiction including Octavia E. Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Nalo Hopkinson, amongst others.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Permissionsp. ix
Introduction: White Genres, Black Traditions? Anansi, Peter Parker, and Other Tropesp. 1
The Meaning of the Past? Allegory in Octavia E. Butler's Wild Seed (1980)p. 19
Traveling Through Time: Vampire Fiction and the Black Atlantic in Jewelle Gomez's The Gilda Stories (1991)p. 44
Dystopian Future and Utopian Vision: Surviving Apocalypse in Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower (1993)p. 69
A Better Future? Ambiguity, Cyberpunk, and Caribbean Syncretism in Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber (2000)p. 98
Conclusionp. 129
Notesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 167
Indexp. 187
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