Octavia Butler’s Kindred. Take a minute to respond to these 3 different edition covers of Kindred . What do you see in each of them?. Cornell Notes. Why Should We Study Kindred ?.
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In Kindred, the protagonist Dana’s journeys back into the past become symbolic of our own efforts as readers to make sense of slavery and comprehend our own relationship to it. The novel treats a number of key topics in the understanding of the institution of slavery.
“When I got into … Pasadena City College, the … Black Power Movement, was really underway with the young people, and I heard some remarks from a young man… He said, "I'd like to kill all these old people who have been holding us back for so long. But I can't because I'd have to start with my own parents."
(Rowell, C. “Interview with Octavia Butler.” Callaloo 20:1)