CANCELLED Tuesdays, January 14 – February 4, 2020
6:30-8:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Guide: Christopher Rose, Tuition: $150
With the growing interest in speculative fiction, several writers have worked to deconstruct popular tropes to examine contemporary social issues. Octavia Butler’s modern classic, Kindred, is a science fiction novel that uses time travel to reposition the slave narrative as a speculative work. The story begins when the main character, Dana, is transported to the antebellum South. There, the book creates a story that explores history and family legacies while deconstructing ideas of slavery. Octavia E. Butler is a multiple award winning writer whose accolades include a MacArthur Grant and multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards.The Parable series becomes especially relevant in the current political climate.
Reading List: Kindred by Octavia Butler
Christopher Rose is originally from Seattle, Washington and teaches poetry, African American Literature, and Science Fiction at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. His poems have appeared in Fjords Review: Black American Edition, The Pariahs Anthology, Yellow Chair Review, TAYO Literary Magazine, The Hawaii Review, and others. He is a NEH Summer Institute Scholar, an Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient, and a Cave Canem Fellow.