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Author Carrington, André M., 1981- author.

Title Speculative blackness : the future of race in science fiction / André M. Carrington.

Publication Info. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2016]


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Description 282 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-267) and index.
Contents Introduction: the whiteness of science fiction and the speculative fiction of blackness -- Josh Brandon's blues: inventing the black fan -- Space race woman: Lieutenant Uhura beyond the bridge -- The immortal storm: permutations of race in Marvel comics -- Controversy and crossover in Milestone Media's Icon -- The golden ghetto and the glittering parentheses: the once and future Benjamin Sisko -- Dreaming in color: racial revisions in fan fiction -- Coda.
Summary In Speculative Blackness, André M. Carrington analyzes the highly racialized genre of speculative fiction--including science fiction, fantasy, and utopian works, along with their fan cultures--to illustrate the relationship between genre conventions in media and the meanings ascribed to blackness in the popular imagination. Carringtons argument about authorship, fandom, and race in a genre that has been both marginalized and celebrated offers a black perspective on iconic works of science fiction. He examines the career of actor Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed the character Uhura in the original Star Trek television series and later became a recruiter for NASA, and the spin-off series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, set on a space station commanded by a black captain. He recovers a pivotal but overlooked moment in 1950s science fiction fandom in which readers and writers of fanzines confronted issues of race by dealing with a fictitious black fan writer and questioning the relevance of race to his ostensible contributions to the zines. Carrington mines the productions of Marvel comics and the black-owned comics publisher Milestone Media, particularly the representations of black sexuality in its flagship title, Icon. He also interrogates online fan fiction about black British women in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Harry Potter series. Throughout this nuanced analysis, Carrington theorizes the relationship between race and genre in cultural production, revealing new understandings of the significance of blackness in twentieth-century American literature and culture.--Publisher website.
Subject American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Science fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Race in literature.
African Americans in mass media.
African Americans in popular culture.
African Americans in mass media. (OCoLC)fst00799731
African Americans in popular culture. (OCoLC)fst00799734
American fiction -- African American authors. (OCoLC)fst00807049
Race in literature. (OCoLC)fst01086506
Science fiction, American. (OCoLC)fst01108635
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 9780816678952 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
0816678952 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
9780816678969 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
0816678960 (pbk. : acid-free paper)

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