Parable Series by Octavia Butler
Session 2: Parable of the Sower Chapters 1-8
Readers Underground participants:
Recorded 15 August, 2018
The group discusses themes and characters of the book:
- The significance of the wall in the book and in human existence
- Various understandings of God (transcendent and immanent)
- The passions of Lauren, her father and brother Keith…are they all speaking/seeking the Truth or truths?
- Guns and modes of power
- Empathy, sympathy, compassion and psychic powers
Seed Questions (posted before the call):
- What do we think about Butler’s religious ideas? Are they viable? What do they tell us about both the power of religion and its limitations?
- Butler paints a bleak portrait of the future. Do we agree that this is a likely future? Or is it overly pessimistic?
About Octavia Butler : "Octavia Butler passed away on February 24th, 2006 at the age of only 58, leaving behind a body of work whose influence cannot be exaggerated. Butler was a Black, female genre writer at a time when science fiction was still seen by many as the territory of white men. Her writing centered on women of color in a way few narratives then did, and posited that empathy could be humanity’s saving grace. As today’s environmental and human rights crises make painfully clear, Butler’s work is only going to become more relevant and necessary as time goes on. " - Carolyn Cox, The Portalist, 2018, URL : https://theportalist.com/octavia-butler-facts
All sessions will occur 10 AM- 12PM MDT; 12 PM - 2 PM EDT
In your timezone: 4:00:00 PM → 6:00:00 PM
NOTE THE UPDATED THE SCHEDULE!!!
Week 8 (Sept. 26th): Parable of the Talents - Ch. 13-21 + Epilogue
Week 11 (Oct. 17th): Parable of the Talents - Wrap-up
(skipped the 10th week because of the Gebser conference)
For more information about Butler and her books, refer back to the announcement thread..