Perhaps no city has inspired such dark apocalyptic visions in literature as Los Angeles, and no writer has captured those visions more vividly than Ocatavia Butler. I would like to integrate her novel "The Parable of the Sower" into a tenth grade unit I teach on utopia/dystopia.
My classes are comprised of mostly African-American and Latino students, and I feel the need to augment the curriculm with multicultural works that engage my students.
Butler's "Parable of the Sower" would bring a unique voice and perspective to our study of utopia/dystopia; she is one of the few African-American women who wrote in the field of science fiction. That is why I am requesting a class set of the novel. My students would find her tale of a cityscape in ruins intriguing and would identify with the teenage protagonist's struggle to survive in the not-too-distant future.
You will make it possible for my students to read and discuss a book that addresses universal issues of race, gender, and politics and will awaken their imagination and enlarge their humanity. We are deeply grateful for your support.
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