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Big Read: Kindred by Octavia Butler

A selective list of writings about authors and books chosen for UCI's Big Read.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979; 2004) - a classic time travel novel about a heroine caught between two worlds.

To access the Kindred book link, please click here. Once there, please click on the link “EBL online monographs purchased”. To read online, click on "Read Online."

Inspired by Kindred

Who is Octavia Butler?

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Octavia E. Butler was born in Pasadena, CA, on June 22, 1947. She passed away on February 24, 2006, in Forest Lake Park, Washington. She is known for writing science fiction novels and also for being a successful African American woman writing in this genre.   

Below are a few biographical resources to help illuminate Octavia Butler's life and work.

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Kindred: Selected criticism

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  • Steinberg, Marc. “Inverting History in Octavia Butler’s Postmodern Slave Narrative.” African American Review, vol. 38, no. 3, Fall 2004, pp. 467–476. EBSCOhost, doi:10.2307/1512447.   
  • Yaszek, Lisa. “‘A Grim Fantasy’: Remaking American History in Octavia Butler’s Kindred.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society, vol. 28, no. 4, Summer 2003, p. 1053. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1086/368324. 

Use this link to discover selected criticism about Kindred from the Gale Literature Resource Center.

Science fiction and race and gender

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