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- Full Title: Kindred
- When Published: 1979
- Literary Period: Contemporary literature
- Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Neo-Slave Narrative, Literature
- Setting: California, 1976 and Maryland, pre-Civil War
- Climax: When Rufus finally crosses the line of Dana’s freedom and attempts to rape her, Dana manages to stab Rufus and kill him. She returns to her present, but loses her left arm in the process.
- Antagonist: Tom Weylin, the institution of slavery, racism and discrimination
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for Kindred
Contemporary remake. As of 2017, Kindred has been adapted to a graphic novel by writer Damien Duffy and illustrator John Jennings, bringing this visceral account of slavery to a new audience and updating it to address the racial upheaval of recent years in America.
Gender dynamics. Dana, the main character of Kindred, was originally planned to be a male protagonist. Butler then developed a female protagonist in order to explore the ways that women would be treated as if they were weak and safe when they could really be powerful and dangerous.