Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred – watch online

All of our 2020-21 BookTalk events are now on our YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje4naMuijDvIPcjKMeIKYg) where you can catch up with with our anything you missed – talks so far include Jane Austen’s Emma, Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Richard Gwyn’s The Blue Tent and Susan M. Gaines’ Accidentals.

We’ve just uploaded March’s fascinating talk on Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred – Cardiff University’s Dr Alix Beeston leads a discussion between three expert speakers: 

Josie Gill (University of Bristol) is Senior Lecturer in Black British Writing at the University of Bristol. Her monograph Biofictions: Race, Genetics and the Contemporary Novel was published by Bloomsbury in 2020. She will be talking about ‘Epigenetics and Racist Environments in Kindred‘  

Britney Henry (University of Delaware) is a doctoral student of English Literature at The University of Delaware. Her scholarly interests include American literature, popular culture, and Black cultural studies. Britney will be presenting ‘Prototype of Sunken Place: Reading Jordan Peeles Get Out through Octavia Butlers Kindred as Black Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Narratives.’ 

David Shackleton (Cardiff University) is a lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University. He is currently working on a monograph called ‘Anthropocene Modernism: Time, History and the Novel’ and his work focusses on the representation of time in literature, the links between literature and visual cultures and the ways in which they engage – or fail to engage – with the climate crisis. His talk is called ‘Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Speculative Time and Afrofuturism

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