The Intuition of the Future: Utopia and Catastrophe in Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower

Phillips, Jerry
March 2002
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Spring/Summer2002, Vol. 35 Issue 2/3, p299
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Explores the manifestation of postmodern utopia and dystopia in Octavia Butler's novel "Parable of the Sower." Analysis of Butler's futurism; Description of California in the novel; Portrayal of reality by protagonist and heroine Lauren Olamina; Views of Butler on fascism.


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