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Posthumanism in Young Adult FictionFinding Humanity in a Posthuman World$
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Anita Tarr and Donna R. White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816696

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.001.0001

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“Open to Me. Maybe I Can Help”

“Open to Me. Maybe I Can Help”

Networked Consciousness and Ethical Subjectivity in Octavia E. Butler’s Mind of My Mind

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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction

Mathieu Donner

University Press of Mississippi

After millennia of eugenic planning, Doro’s supremacy is challenged by a young telepath named Mary in Octavia Butler’s Mind of My Mind. Matthieu Donner argues that Mary’s transition as described by Butler reframes adolescence as an ethical awakening, a violent rupture that transitions from singularity to plurality, solipsism to interdependence, boundaried to vulnerable. Mary is able to network with other telepaths, training them and centering them, accomplishing quickly and sensitively what Doro failed to do—establish a community of telepaths who are free from societal interference. Butler’s ideas are understandably fraught with contradictions, but nevertheless revolutionary.

Keywords:   Octavia Butler, Networked subjectivities, Eugenics, Mental telepathy, Vulnerability

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