An Octavia E. Butler Bibliography (1976-2008). By Utopian Studies

An Octavia E. Butler Bibliography (1976-2008).

By Utopian Studies

  • Release Date: 2008-06-22
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality

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The last significant bibliography of works by and about Octavia Butler was in 1984 (Weixlmann). In the twenty-four years since then, Butler herself produced a great many works, but--even more significantly--a veritable cottage industry seems to have grown up around her work. And since her untimely death in 2006 marked her 30 years in publishing, it seemed an even more appropriate moment for such a bibliography. As with any bibliography, one of the key struggles is to narrow its scope. In terms of Primary Works, I include only English-language editions of her novels and short-story collection. My reasoning was that since the Secondary Works included are only in English, it seemed appropriate to limit the Primary Works in a similar way. In terms of Secondary Works, the most difficult task was to determine which essays and reviews to include. Obviously, the longer Butler wrote and the more well-known she and her work became, the more the reviews multiplied. I have tried to read as many of the reviews as possible and have eliminated those that are too short and, so, provide no substantive information about the book in question. For the essays, I have tried to determine whether or not the essay or chapter contains a substantive consideration of Butler's work or if it contains only a passing reference.