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Park, Ed. 2021. “Parable of the Butler: A Science-Fiction Pioneer Finds Posthumous Fame (Full Text Not yet Available at Evergreen).” Harper’s Magazine, February 2021.

Streeby, Shelley. Oct/Nov2018. “Radical Reproduction: Octavia E. Butler’s HistoFuturist Archiving as Speculative Theory.” Women’s Studies 47 (7): 719–32

Bradley, Adam. 2021. “The Black Nerds Redefining the Culture.” The New York Times, March 24, 2021, sec. T Magazine. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/t-magazine/black-nerds-culture.html.

The Lit: Articles, Books, Chapters, Dissertations (Authors A-L)

Abbott, Carl. 2018. “Pasadena on Her Mind: Exploring Roots of Octavia E. Butler’s Fiction.” Western Historical Quarterly 49 (3): 325–34. https://na01.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/view/action/uresolver.do?operation=resolveService&package_service_id=96842351870001845&institutionId=1845&customerId=1840.

Agustí, Clara Escoda. 2005. “The Relationship Between Community and Subjectivity in Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower.’” Extrapolation 46 (3): 351–59. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/b84h4t/TN_cdi_proquest_journals_234922198.

Akinmowo, OlaRonke. 2019. “Octavia Taught Me/12 Things.” Women’s Studies 48 (1): 47–58. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ahl&AN=135962073&site=ehost-live.

Alexander, Jonathan. 2000. “Teaching Notes: Parable Of The Sower By Octavia Butler.” Radical Teacher, no. 59 (December): 40. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/218844373/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/7.

Allen, Marlene D. 2009. “Octavia Butler’s ‘Parable’ Novels and the ‘Boomerang’ of African American History.” Callaloo 32 (4): 1353–65. http://www.jstor.org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/27743153.

Amen, Richetta Najuma. 2016. “The Lukan Parable of the Great Supper: A Womanist Socio-Historical Reading of Slavery and Resistance Using the Amended Parable Theory of Octavia E. Butler.” Ph.D., United States -- California: Graduate Theological Union. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1790121247/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/32.

Anderson, Emily Kathryn. 2016. “Nowhere to Go but Forward: The Fiction of Octavia E. Butler.” Ph.D., United States -- Minnesota: University of Minnesota. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1807949867/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/66.

Andr é olle, Donna Splading. 2001. “Utopias of Old, Solutions for the New Millennium: A Comparative Study of Christian Fundamentalism in M.K. Wren’s A Gift Upon the Shore and Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” Utopian Studies 12 (2): 114. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ahl&AN=6194846&site=ehost-live.

Badiou, Alain, and François Rabelais. 2009. “We’re Family: Monstrous Kinships, Fidelity, and the Event in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Octavia Butler’s Parable Novels.” In Life between Two Deaths, 1989-2001: U.S. Culture in the Long Nineties, edited by Philip E. Wegner. Post-Contemporary Interventions. Duke University Press. https://read-dukeupress-edu.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/books/book/2148/chapter/248590/We-re-FamilyMonstrous-Kinships-Fidelity-and-the.

Barba Guerrero, Paula. 2019. “A Vulnerable Sense of Place: Readapting Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.” https://idus.us.es/handle/11441/101236.

Bast, Florian. 2015. Of Bodies, Communities, and Voices: Agency in Writings by Octavia Butler. Heidelberg, GERMANY: Universitätsverlag Winter. http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/lib/esu/detail.action?docID=4350869.

Bell, Christa. 2010. “Woman Is Change: {Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents} (by Octavia Butler).” Left Turn, no. 35 (January): 22–23.

Bernardo, S. 2012. “Nature, Community and the Self in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Nicola Griffith’s Slow River.” In Environmentalism in the Realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, edited by Chris Baratta. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71198657470001451.

Brooks, Lonny J. Avi. 2018. “Cruelty and Afrofuturism.” Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies 15 (1): 101–7. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ufh&AN=128765762&site=ehost-live.

Brown, Adrienne Maree. 2014. “The Fiction That Opened My World.” YES! Magazine, no. 70 (Summer): 34–36. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eih&AN=97314674&site=ehost-live.

Brown, Jayna. 2021. “Our Place Is Among the Stars: Octavia E. Butler and the Preservation of Species.” In Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds. Duke University Press. http://read.dukeupress.edu.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/books/book/2852/chapter/2315854/Our-Place-is-Among-the-StarsOctavia-E-Butler-and.

Canavan, Gerry. 2016. Octavia E. Butler. Baltimore, UNITED STATES: University of Illinois Press. http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/lib/esu/detail.action?docID=4792718.

———. 2019. “Eden, Just Not Ours Yet: On Parable of the Trickster and Utopia.” Women’s Studies 48 (1): 59. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/2222655430/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/96.

Caputi, Jane. 2000. “Facing Change.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 11 (2 (42)): 175–78. http://www.jstor.org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/43308439.

Carson, Benjamin. 2006. “Planting the Seeds of Anarchy: Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” Fifth Estate, Fall 2006. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/195871498/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/19.

Chang, Hui-chuan. 2011. “Critical Dystopia Reconsidered: Octavia Butler’s Parable Series and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake as Post-Apocalyptic Dystopias.” Tamkang Review 41 (2): 3–20. http://go.gale.com/ps/i.do?p=AONE&sw=w&issn=00492949&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA267133518&sid=googleScholar&linkaccess=abs.

Curtis, Claire P. 2005. “Rehabilitating Utopia: Feminist Science Fiction and Finding the Ideal.” Contemporary Justice Review 8 (2): 147–62. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=sxi&AN=16968137&site=ehost-live.

Dawson, Melanie. 2014. “Constructing an Interdisciplinary Course on Literature and Environmental Feminism.” Feminist Studies 40 (2): 333–52. http://www.jstor.org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/10.15767/feministstudies.40.2.333.

Decker, William Merrill. 2020. “Next Worlds:  Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler.” In Geographies of Flight: Phillis Wheatley to Octavia Butler. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71332733120001451.

DeGraw, Sharon. 2003. “‘THE MORE THInGS CHAnGE, THE MORE THEY REMAIn THE SAmE’: GEnDER AnD SEXUALITY In OCTAVIA BUTLER’S OEUVRE.” Femspec 4 (2): 219. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/200048258/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/54.

Drzata, Elijah. 2019. “Gender in Dystopia: The Persistence of Essentialist Ideologies in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal 11 (1): 18–23. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=137837378&site=ehost-live.

Dubey, Madhu. 1999. “Folk and Urban Communities in African-American Women’s Fiction: Octavia Butler’s Parable of The...” Studies in American Fiction 27 (1): 103.

———. 2003. “Books of Life: Postmodern Uses of Print Literacy.” In Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/lib/esu/detail.action?docID=408462.

———. 2013. “Octavia Butler’s Novels of Enslavement.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 46 (3): 345. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1500843100/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/69.

Due, Tananarive. 2019. “In Honor of Octavia Butler.” Essence 50 (4): 72–75. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ulh&AN=138076746&site=ehost-live.

Dunning, Stefanie K. 2020. “‘Learn or Die’: Survivalism and Anarchy in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” In Human Contradictions in Octavia E. Butler’s Work, edited by Martin Japtok and Jerry Rafiki Jenkins, 179–94. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG. https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/lib/esu/reader.action?docID=6273799&ppg=182.

Elphik, Keith. 2014. “Discursive Transgressions and Ideological Negotiations From Orwell’s 1984 to Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” In Environments in Science Fiction: Essays on Alternative Spaces, edited by Susan M. Bernardo, Donald E. Palumbo, and C. W. Sullivan III. Jefferson, UNITED STATES: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers. https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/lib/esu/reader.action?docID=1643909&ppg=182.

FABI, M. GIULIA, and Ingrid Thaler. 2012. “Black Atlantic Speculative Fictions: Octavia E. Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Nalo Hopkinson.” Journal of American Studies 46 (1): 261–63. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/952685291/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/121.

Ferreira, Maria Aline. 2010. “Symbiotic Bodies and Evolutionary Tropes in the Work of Octavia Butler.” Science Fiction Studies 37 (3): 401–15. http://www.jstor.org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/25746441.

Fiskio, Janet. 2012. “Apocalypse and Ecotopia: Narratives in Global Climate Change Discourse.” Race, Gender & Class 19 (1/2): 12–36. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1269656827/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/110.

Fluker, Clinton R. 2017. “Some Formal Remarks toward a Theory of Afrofuturism: Designing Liberation Technologies in Black Speculative Fiction.” ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Ph.D., United States -- Georgia: Emory University. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1920473412/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/108.

Gamber, John Blair. 2012. “‘Failing Economies and Tortured Ecologies’:  Ocatvia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents.” In Positive Pollutions and Cultural Toxins, 25–56. Waste and Contamination in Contemporary U.S. Ethnic Literatures. University of Nebraska Press. http://www.jstor.org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/j.ctt1d9nqmh.5.

Govan, Sandra. 2003. “THE PARABLE OF THE SOwER AS REnDERED BY OCTAVIA BUTLER: LESSOnS FOR OUR CHAnGInG TImES.” Femspec 4 (2): 239. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/200166258/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/18.

Hampton, Gregory J. 2005. “Migration and Capital of the Body: Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” CLA Journal 49 (1): 56–73. https://www-jstor-org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/44325296.

———. 2008. “Vampires and Utopia: Reading Racial and Gender Politics in the Fiction of Octavia Butler.” CLA Journal 52 (1): 74–91. https://www-jstor-org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/44325454.

Hampton, Gregory Jerome. 2010. Changing Bodies in the Fiction of Octavia Butler Slaves, Aliens, and Vampires. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71189388640001451.

Harris, Trudier. 2001. Saints, Sinners, Saviors: Strong Black Women in African American Literature. New York: Palgrave. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71138104730001451.

———. 2020. “Christianity’s Last Stand: Visions of Spirituality in Post-1970 African American Women’s Literature.” Religions 11 (7): 369. http://search.proquest.com/docview/2426047910/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/147.

Hart, Stephanie. 2004. “Bodies in a Broken World: Women Novelists of Color and the Politics of Medicine.” Canadian Woman Studies 23 (2): 170–71. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/217447574/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/48.

Higgins, David. 2014. “Science Fiction, Imperialism and the Third World: Essays on Postcolonial Literature and Film.” Extrapolation. 55 (1): 108–11. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1522791902/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/102.

Hinton, Anna. 2018. “Making Do with What You Don’t Have: Disabled Black Motherhood in Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 12 (4): 441–57. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=132991714&site=ehost-live.

Holden, Rebecca J. 2013. Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. Edited by Nisi Shawl. First edition. Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71345079970001451.

Ingwersen, Moritz. 2020. “Toward a Slow Science Fiction.” Science Fiction Studies 47 (3): 349–51.

Iossifidis, Miranda Jeanne Marie. 2020. “Reading Parable of the Sower Online in a Pandemic: Collectively Imagining Different Futures with Octavia E. Butler’s Speculative Fiction.” Literary Geographies 6 (2): 156–64. https://literarygeographies.net/index.php/LitGeogs/article/view/299.

Jablon, Madelyn. 1997. “Metafiction as Genre: Walter Mosley, Black Betty ; Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower .” In Black Metafiction: Self-Consciousness in African American Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71157528820001451.

Jackson, H. Jerome. 1994. “Sci-Fi Tales from Octavia E. Butler.” Crisis (00111422) 101 (3): 4. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ulh&AN=9408160641&site=ehost-live.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2020. “Cli-Fi, Education, and Speculative Futures.” Comparative Education Review 64 (1): 150–52.

Johns, Adam. 2010. “‘The Time Had Come for Us to Be Born’: Octavia Butler’s Darwinian Apocalypse.” Extrapolation (University of Texas at Brownsville) 51 (3): 395–413. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=58833794&site=ehost-live.

Jones, Cassandra L. 2013. “Futurebodies: Octavia Butler as Post-Colonial Cyborg Theorist.” ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Ph.D., United States -- Ohio: Bowling Green State University. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1645957174/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/61.

Jones, Esther. 2020. “More Than Just Escapism: Science Fiction Builds Mental Resiliency.” The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, July 2020. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/2411786640/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/101.

Joo, Hee-Jung Serenity. 2011. “Old and New Slavery, Old and New Racisms: Strategies of Science Fiction in Octavia Butler’s Parables Series.” Extrapolation (Pre-2012) 52 (3): 279-299,277. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/920320195/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/31.

Jos, Philip H. 2012. “Fear and the Spiritual Realism of Octavia Butler’s Earthseed.” Utopian Studies 23 (2): 408–29. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=84029054&site=ehost-live.

Kessel, John. 1994. “Parables and Other Stuff.” Fantasy & Science Fiction 87 (2): 21. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=9606215596&site=ehost-live.

Kouhestani, Maryam. 2015. “Environmental and Social Crises: New Perspective on Social and Environmental Injustice in Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” International Journal of Social Science and Humanity 5 (10): 898–902. http://www.ijssh.org/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=62&id=906.

Lacey, Lauren J. 2008. “Octavia E. Butler on Coping with Power in Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents, and Fledgling.” Critique 49 (4): 379–94.

Lee, Ji Hyun. 2020. “Trauma, Technology, and the Trickster: Reading Octavia E. Butler’s Unfinished Trilogy.” In The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Gregory J. Hampton and Kendra R. Parker, 201–20. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/lib/esu/detail.action?docID=6022990.

Leong, Diana. 2016. “The Mattering of Black Lives: Octavia Butler’s Hyperempathy and the Promise of the New Materialisms.” Catalyst : Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 2 (2). http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/2108443153/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/52.

Lloyd, Vincent. 2016. “Post-Racial, Post-Apocalyptic Love: Octavia Butler as Political Theologian.” Political Theology 17 (5): 449–64. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=117603162&site=ehost-live.

The Lit: Articles, Books, Chapters, Dissertations (Authors M-Z)

Marez, Curtis. 2018. “Octavia E. Butler, After the Chicanx Movement.” Women’s Studies 47 (7): 755–60. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ahl&AN=133509224&site=ehost-live.

Marotta, Melanie. 2010. “Liberation through Acceptance of Nature and Technology in Octavia Butler’s {Parable of the Sower}.” Theory in Action 3 (1): 38–50. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=apn&AN=ALTP813117&site=ehost-live.

McHenry, Susan. 1999. “Octavia’s Mind Trip into the near Future.” Black Issues Book Review, February 1999. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/217770610/citation/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/75.

Melzer, Patricia. 2002. “‘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.” Femspec 3 (2): 31. http://www.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/200082635/abstract/66A9EE91479E4A88PQ/5.

Menne, Jeff. 2011. “‘I Live in This World, Too’: Octavia Butler and the State of Realism.” Modern Fiction Studies 57 (4): 715–37.

Merrick, Helen, and Tess Williams. 1999. Women of Other Worlds: Excursions through Science Fiction and Feminism. Nedlands, Australia] : Lancaster: University Of Western Australia Press, University Of Western Australia Press ; Gazelle. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71118753540001451.

Miller, Gavin. 2010. “Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower: The Third World as Topos for a U.S. Utopia.” In Science Fiction, Imperialism and the Third World: Essays on Postcolonial Literature and Film, edited by Ericka Hoagland and Reema Sarwal. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71136212300001451.

Miller, Jim. 1998. “Post-Apocalyptic Hoping: Octavia Butler’s Dystopian/Utopian Vision.” Science Fiction Studies 25 (2): 336–60. http://www.jstor.org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/4240705.

Moreno, Micah. 2020. “Survival by Any Means: Race and Gender, Passing and Performance in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents.” In Human Contradictions in Octavia E. Butler’s Work, edited by Martin Japtok and Jerry Rafiki Jenkins, 195–211. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG. http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/lib/esu/detail.action?docID=6273799.

Morris, David. 2015. “Octavia Butler’s (R)Evolutionary Movement for the Twenty-First Century.” Utopian Studies 26 (2): 270–88. http://www.jstor.org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/10.5325/utopianstudies.26.2.0270.

Nilges, Mathias. 2009. “‘We Need the Stars’: Change, Community, and the Absent Father in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents.” Callaloo 32 (4): 1332–52. http://muse.jhu.edu.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/article/367933.

“Parable of the Sower.” 2019. Publishers Weekly 266 (49): 69–70. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=139994541&site=ehost-live.

“———.” 2020. Publishers Weekly 267 (40): 66–66. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=146232119&site=ehost-live.

Park, Ed. 2021. “Parable of the Butler: A Science-Fiction Pioneer Finds Posthumous Fame (Full Text Not yet Available at Evergreen).” Harper’s Magazine, February 2021.

Parker, Kendra R. 2012. “Changing Bodies in the Fiction of Octavia Butler: Slaves, Aliens, and Vampires.” Callaloo 35 (2): 536-537,564. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1034104272/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/86.

Phillips, Jerry. 2002. “The Intuition of the Future: Utopia and Catastrophe in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 35 (2/3): 299–311. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ulh&AN=12066794&site=ehost-live.

Purifoy, Danielle M., and Jade Wilson. 2020. “‘To Live and Thrive on New Earths’: The Earthseed Land Collective and Black Freedom.” Southern Cultures 26 (4): 78–89. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=147988488&site=ehost-live.

“Radical Reproduction: Octavia E. Butler’s HistoFuturist Archiving as Specul...: EBSCOhost.” n.d. Accessed February 21, 2021. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=1&sid=d97e33f3-b71d-406c-852a-c47b7f8daedf%40sessionmgr4006.

Raja, Masood A., Jason W. Ellis, and Swaralipi Nandi. 2011. The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction. Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy 31. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71135898720001451.

Ransom, Amy J. 2013. “Postcolonial Science Fiction.” Extrapolation. 54 (1): 114–19. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1426388047/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/51.

———. 2016. “Octavia’s Legacy.” Extrapolation. 57 (1/2): 235–39. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1785270972/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/65.

Richard, Thelma Shinn. 2005. “Defining Kindred: Octavia Butler’s Postcolonial Perspective.” Obsidian III 6/7 (2/1): 118-134,264-265. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/206795019/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/88.

Roue, Bevin. 2016. “Subversion and Critical Distance: Black Speculative Fiction, White Pre-Service Teachers, and Anti-Racist Pedagogy.” ProQuest LLC. ProQuest LLC. 789 East Eisenhower Parkway, P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Tel: 800-521-0600; Web site: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=ED571132&site=ehost-live.

Ruffin, Kimberly J. 2005. “Parable of a 21st Century Religion: Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturistic Bridge between Science and Religion.” Obsidian III 6/7 (2/1): 87-104,265. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/206790805/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/42.

Runquist, Beth Buhot (Mary Elizabeth). 2011. “Women and the Suburbs in Late 20th and Early 21st Century American Film and Fiction.” ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Ph.D., United States -- Pennsylvania: Duquesne University. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/913103307/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/92.

SANDS, PETER. 2003. “Octavia Butler’s Chiastic Cannibalistics.” Utopian Studies 14 (1): 1–14. http://www.jstor.org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/stable/20718543.

Schalk, Sami. 2018. “The Future of Bodyminds, Bodyminds of the Future.” In Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)Ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction. Duke University Press. https://read-dukeupress-edu.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/books/book/2413/chapter/1105145/The-Future-of-Bodyminds-Bodyminds-of-the-Future.

Schonwetter, Jennifer. 2016. “‘Talking up’: Pedagogical Implications of African American Female Literacy Practices in Contemporary Black Feminist Novels.” ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Ph.D., United States -- New York: St. John’s University (New York). http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1844969353/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/77.

Scott, Jonathan. 2006. “Octavia Butler and the Base for American Socialism.” Socialism and Democracy 20 (3): 105-126,276. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/207626046/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/41.

Shahnavaz, Delia. 2017. “Earthseed Planted: Ecofeminist Teachings in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal 9 (2): 40–46. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=130026250&site=ehost-live.

Smith, Stephanie A. 2007. “Octavia Butler: A Retrospective.” Feminist Studies 33 (2): 385–93. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ahl&AN=27452635&site=ehost-live.

Sneed, Chriss. 2020. “Apocalypse, Afrofutures, and Theories of ‘the Living’ beyond Human Rights: Octavia E. Butler’s Parable Series.” In The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Gregory J. Hampton and Kendra R. Parker, 181–200. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/lib/esu/detail.action?docID=6022990.

Stanford, Ann Folwell. 2003. “A DreButler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents and Roads to the Possibleam of Communitas Octavia.” In Bodies in a Broken World Women Novelists of Color and the Politics of Medicine. Studies in Social Medicine. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/lib/esu/reader.action?docID=3039456&ppg=210.

Stanley, Tarshia L. 2019. Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler. Approaches to Teaching World Literature 160. New York: The Modern Language Association of America. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71310268530001451.

Stark, Doug. 2020. “Reimagining Sympoietic Practice in Octavia Butler’s Parables.” Extrapolation. 61 (1/2): 151-171,VII. http://search.proquest.com/docview/2430112944/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/45.

Stillman, Peter G. 2003. “Dystopian Critiques, Utopian Possibilities and Human Purposes in Octavia Bulter’s Parables.” Utopian Studies 14 (1): 15. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=10461058&site=ehost-live.

Streeby, Shelley. Oct/Nov2018. “Radical Reproduction: Octavia E. Butler’s HistoFuturist Archiving as Speculative Theory.” Women’s Studies 47 (7): 719–32. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=sxi&AN=133509222&site=ehost-live.

Taylor, Deborah. 2008. “Reading Utopian Narratives in a Dystopian Time.” ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Ph.D., United States -- Maryland: University of Maryland, College Park. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/193996376/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/64.

Texter, Douglas W. 2008. “Of Gifted Children and Gated Communities: Paul Theroux’s O-Zone and Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower.” Utopian Studies 19 (3): 457–84. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=36400143&site=ehost-live.

Thaler, Ingrid. 2010. “Dystopian Future and Utopian Vision:  Surviving Apocalypse in Octavia E. Butler’s The Parable of the Sower (1993).” In Black Atlantic Speculative Fictions: Octavia E. Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Nalo Hopkinson. Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies 2. New York: Routledge. https://alliance-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/91ddl6/CP71275609470001451.

Theiss, Derek. 2015. “Care Work, Age, and Culture in Butler’s Parable Series.” Femspec 15 (1/2): 63-99,208. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/1726394732/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/46.

Thrall, James H. 2014. “Authoring the Sacred: Humanism and Invented Scripture in Octavia Butler, Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Simmons.” Implicit Religion 17 (4): 509–31. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=100792585&site=ehost-live.

Tweedy III, Clarence W. 2014. “The Anointed: Countering Dystopia with Faith in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents.” Americana (1553-8931) 13 (1): 3–3. http://search.ebscohost.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=sxi&AN=96959448&site=ehost-live.

Wanzo, Rebecca. 2005. “Apocalyptic Empathy: A Parable of Postmodern Sentimentality.” Obsidian III 6/7 (2/1): 72-86,265. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/206793577/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/55.

Warfield, Angela. 2005. “Reassessing the Utopian Novel: Octavia Butler, Jacques Derrida, and the Impossible Future of Utopia.” Obsidian III 6/7 (2/1): 61-71,265. http://search.proquest.com.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/docview/206803441/abstract/C67D46AF430A4C4FPQ/33.

Winchester, Kendra, Sachi Argabright, and Bezi. 2020. “Reading Women on Afrofuturism and Parable of the Sower.” Literary Hub. February 19, 2020. https://lithub.com/reading-women-on-afrofuturism-and-parable-of-the-sower/.

Yarish, Jasmine Noelle. 2021. “Seeding a Black Feminist Future on the Horizon of a Third Reconstruction: The Abolitionist Politics of Self-Care in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 0 (0): 1–15. https://doi.org.evergreen.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/1554477X.2021.1870089.

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Introduction

This guide is a gateway to what people have written about Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower.  Just browsing the 100+ titles on this page one can see that critics have brought Parable into dialog with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and George Orwell, slavery and the suburbs, anarchism and socialism, religion and jazz, and much more.

This bibliography intends to include all academic articles, book chapters, and dissertations that substantially address the novel (this is and always will be a work in progress). This is not a curated list -- the bibliographer has not selected 'the best'. 

Links on this page often lead Evergreen readers to full text of the article via the library (Evergreen login required).  While some articles will be freely available online elsewhere, non-Greeners may have to rely on their own library access to gain access to full text of articles described here.

Other bibliographic pages on this guide contain citations and links to:  original reviews of Parable; writings about and interviews with Octavia Butler; and writings about the opera and the graphic novel.  All are works in progress.

The Themes page identifies themes in the commentary on the novel, and includes short extracts from the secondary literature elucidating those themes.  The Genres page identifies several genres that critics have identified with Parable, and includes short extracts that describe the genre and/or shows how the genre connects with Parable or Butler's work more generally. 

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