An image of human face fading away.
American Literature

Octavia Butler and Intersectionality

August 26, 2021

For Octavia Butler’s characters, often, the only way to survive is to adapt. To adapt one’s expectations, one’s worldview, and ultimately, even one’s identity. For Butler, repeatedly, survival is change. […]

Two people with their mouths open and a jigsaw maze coming out of them.
American Literature

Samuel Delany’s Heterotopia

August 11, 2021

Samuel Delany uses the term heterotopia as a subtitle of a novel which grapples with identity, sex, and gender. It focuses on how things and concepts such as gender can become impossible to name. […]

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