Octavia E. Butler | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Nicholas Birns

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Octavia E. Butler.
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Critical Essay by Nicholas Birns

SOURCE: Birns, Nicholas. “Octavia Butler: Fashioning Alien Constructs.” The Hollins Critic XXXVIII, no. 3 (June 2001): 1-14.

In the following essay, Birns contends that Octavia Butler “employs her African American and science fiction heritages to see anew the way things are.”

In her essay “Furor Scribendi” Octavia Butler, with stunning practicality, tells beginning writers to read a lot, to write something every day and, above all, to “persist.” Advice so responsible is hard to find—especially from writers. Butler's approach to writing is different from that of many—even of many science fiction writers. For Butler, writing is a procedure for solving problems, making new meanings, imagining alternative outcomes in their largest sense. Butler does not write poetically, but neither does she indulge...

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