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Black and Brown PlanetsThe Politics of Race in Science Fiction$
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Isiah Lavender

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461237

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461237.001.0001

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Digging Deep

Digging Deep

Ailments of Difference in Octavia Butler’s “The Evening and the Morning and the Night”

(p.65) Digging Deep
Black and Brown Planets

IsIah Lavender III

University Press of Mississippi

Isiah Lavender, III, in “Digging Deep: Ailments of Difference in Octavia Butler’s ‘The Evening and the Morning and the Night,’” demonstrates how Butler’s critically neglected story is a race story, with disease functioning as a race metaphor, and that those suffering from the fictional genetic illness Duryea-Gode Disease (DGD) are in fact victims of cultural racism, figurative blackness, and racial othering.

Keywords:   Octavia Butler, Segregation, Disease, Eugenics, Cultural racism

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