The black imagination, science fiction, futurism and the speculative / edited by Sandra Jackson, Julie E. Moody-Freeman
- Black studies & critical thinking ; v. 14
- The future of race in Afro-futurist fiction / Madhu Dubey -- Brave black worlds: black superheroes as science fiction ciphers / Adilifu Nama -- "Explorers": Star trek: deep space nine / Michael Charles Pounds -- Connecting to a future community: storytelling, the database, and Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight robber / Alisa K. Braithwaite -- Science fiction, feminism and blackness: the multifaceted import of Octavia Butler's work / Shannon Gibney -- The absence of meat in Oankali dietary philosophy: an eco-feminist-vegan analysis of Octavia Butler's Dawn / Amie Breeze Harper -- Speculative poetics: Audre Lorde as prologue for queer black futurism / Alexis Pauline Gumbs -- "Why white people feel they got to mark us?": bodily inscription, healing and maternal "plots of power" in Jewelle Gomez's "Louisiana 1850" / Marie-Luise Loeffler -- The unshakable intent to commit genocide: Walter Mosely's The wave, 9/11 and politics out of context / Brandon Kempner -- Techno-utopia and the search for Saaraba (1989) / Debbie Olson -- Towards a black science fiction cinema: the slippery signifier of race and the films of Will Smith / Stephanie Larrieux.
- This critical collection covers a broad spectrum of works, both literary and cinematic, and issues from writers, directors, and artists who claim the science fiction, speculative fiction, and Afro-futurist genres. The anthology extends the discursive boundaries of science fiction by examining iconic writers like Octavia Butler, Walter Mosley, and Nalo Hopkinson through the lens of ecofeminist veganism, post-9/11 racial geopolitics, and the effect of the computer database on human voice and agency. Contributors expand what the field characterizes as speculative fiction by examining for the first time the vampire tropes present in Audre Lorde's poetry, and by tracing her influence on the horror fiction of Jewelle Gomez. The collection moves beyond exploration of literary fiction to study the Afro-futurist representations of Blacks in comic books, in the Star Trek franchise, in African films, and in blockbuster films like Independence Day, I Robot, and I Am Legend.
- 9781433112416 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
1433112418 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9781433112423 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
1433112426 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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