Analyzing Octavia E. Butler’s “Amnesty” through Afrofuturism

Placuzzi, Vittoria (2023) Analyzing Octavia E. Butler’s “Amnesty” through Afrofuturism. [Laurea], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Mediazione linguistica interculturale [L-DM270] - Forli', Documento full-text non disponibile
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The focus of this thesis will be “Amnesty,” a short science fiction story American writer Octavia E. Butler published for the first time in 2003. Like other works of the Pasadena-born author, “Amnesty” is an alien encounter story, dealing with both humans and extraterrestrials and how these two very different species interact with each other after tall, plant-like aliens settled in various deserted areas across the planet. At the centre of this delicate relationship, readers will find Noah Cannon, a translator and former alien abductee whose ultimate goal is to teach the two very different species to coexist through mediation and mutual knowledge. Set in a dystopian near future of economic collapse and near to no prospects outside of alien spaces, “Amnesty” is ultimately a story about otherness (here declined specifically in the form of inter-species relationship), compromise for survival and the positive role of communication, as well as a story about the imperfect species Butler thought we are. Since “Amnesty” belongs to the subgenre of science fiction that goes by the name of Afrofuturism, a part of the thesis will be dedicated to its history and development, and further references to Afrofuturism will be made throughout the analysis.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea)
Autore della tesi
Placuzzi, Vittoria
Relatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Science fiction,Afrofuturism,Butler,Amnesty,Dystopia,Communication,Otherness,Mediation
Data di discussione della Tesi
6 Ottobre 2023

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