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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”

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(p.65) Digging Deep
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Black and Brown Planets
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IsIah Lavender III

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461237.003.0005

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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