Bond, Bondage, and Spaces of Resistance: A Geographic Literary Analysis of Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred

Authors: Madeline Levey*, Florida State University
Topics: Gender
Keywords: Bond, Bondage, Feminist Science Fiction, Feminist Geography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Octavia E. Butler’s literary use of bond and bondage in the speculative science fiction novel Kindred constructs a unique black female insurgency that has deep thematic ties to Angela Davis’ Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves. Davis’ iconic work illustrates the unseen forms of black female resistance that play out in historical plantation spaces of sexual domination. Butler extends Davis’ emphasis on sexualized domestic time-space of the plantation by exploring themes of bond and bondage as they play out in time-altering science fiction landscapes. A geographic literary analysis of Butler’s Kindred using themes from Davis’ Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves creates a unique understanding of the relationship between time, space, and domination from black feminist spaces of insurgency.

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