When art feels real: ‘discovery rather than invention’

“I’ve never felt I was making any of this up…I’ve never felt it was anything other than real: discovery rather than invention: exploration rather than creation.”

Lauren, the protagonist of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower
quoted by Madelyn Jablon, Black Metafiction: Self-Consciousness in African American Literature (University of Iowa Press, 1997, p. 140)

2 thoughts on “When art feels real: ‘discovery rather than invention’

  1. I have this book on my shelf but I have not read it yet. It’s good, I take it?

    On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 9:44 AM Tucker Lieberman wrote:

    > Tucker Lieberman posted: ” “I’ve never felt I was making any of this > up…I’ve never felt it was anything other than real: discovery rather than > invention: exploration rather than creation.”Lauren, the protagonist of > Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sowerquoted by Madelyn Jablon” >

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    • I also have Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” on my shelf, and I have not read it yet either. This line was quoted in Madelyn Jablon’s “Black Metafiction,” which is literary criticism that discusses a number of novels. I do have Jablon’s book and just finished reading it.

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