During the 2013-2014 academic year, Briana Whiteside, an MA English student with a concentration in African American literary studies, produced a research project that focused on the science fiction writer Octavia Butler and the unusual black women protagonists in her novels. Briana read black feminist criticism and multiple works by black women authors, and she also began making connections between prominent black women protagonists in novels and leading black women in popular culture, including Olivia Pope of the hit television show Scandal.
This exhibit showcases some of Briana’s findings concerning uncanny women, including a Queen B telepath and America’s most famous fixer.
• Images from the exhibit
• Mailbag #1
• Mailbag #2
• Mailbag #3
• Uncanny Black Women introduction
• Octavia Butler’s Mary
• Celebrating Octavia Butler
• Celebrating Olivia Pope
• Questioning Olivia Pope
• Various Uncanny black women characters
Briana Whiteside is a graduate student in English at SIUE and a contributing writer for the Cultural Front.