Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Heather Andrade

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Bruce Harvey

Third Advisor's Name

Carol Boyce-Davies

Date of Defense



In this thesis, I examined three novels by African American science fiction novelist Octavia Butler: Kindred (1979), Parable of the Sower (1994), Parable of the Talents (1998) and Dawn (1987). I analyzed Butler's belief that society has become too firmly attached to old customs and belief systems, initiating destructive, self-defeating cycles in our history. She looks to African American females to take up leadership roles and exact radical change to ensure society's continued survival as well as progress, acceptance and autonomy within our communities. I also established Butler's significant contributions to the African American literary canon as she examines the history of African Americans and speculates on their necessary roles of shaping the future of society.





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