Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction & Fantasy No. 74)
By: Elisabeth Leonard (author)Hardback
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Unlike many classic works of fiction, literature of the fantastic enjoys mass popularity. Because the fantastic is so much a part of popular culture, fantasy literature can represent or address the racial attitudes of its audience. Representations of race in the fantastic provide a measure of the concern the culture has for racial matters. If a work is racist, whether consciously or not, it may perpetuate racist attitudes unless it is carefully examined. At the same time, literature of the fantastic is able to present possible worlds rather than real ones. It is thus a literature of possibility, in which racial matters may be addressed and exposed, so that readers may become more conscious of the evils of racist attitudes. This volume explores the significance of race and color in the works of a wide range of authors, including Octavia Butler, Robert Heinlein, Stephen King, and Robert Silverberg. This volume explores the significance of race and color in the works of a wide range of authors, including Octavia Butler, Joseph Conrad, Ursula Le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Stephen King, and Robert Silverberg.
The chapters are written by expert contributors who approach their topics as both products of a particular cultural moment and as imagined alternatives. While most of the works examined are science fiction, the book also looks at horror and fantasy writing. Topics discussed include colonialism and empire, Creole identity politics, race in cyberspace, and witchcraft in Salem.
ELISABETH ANNE LEONARD received an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and is presently a doctoral candidate in English at Kent State University. She has articles forthcoming in CCC (May, 1997) and Extrapolation (1998).
Introduction: "Into Darkness Peering"--Race and Color in the Fantastic by Elisabeth Anne Leonard Mixed Genres and True Heritages: From Trollope's Ralph the Heir to Delany's Dhalgren by Donald M. Hassler Octavia E. Butler: Parables of Race and Difference by Teri Ann Doerksen Exploring Color-Coding at the Beginning and End of the Twentieth Century in Ursula Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness by Lisbeth Gant-Britton Race and Color Coding in Leslie F. Stone's "The Human Pets of Mars": Reflections for the Repertoire of the Multicultural Classroom by Batya Weinbaum "You Don't Know What You Are Talking About": Robert A. Heinlein and the Racism of American Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl Race and Subjectivity in Science Fiction: Deterritorializing the Self/Other Dichotomy by Ellen Bishop The Excesses of Cyberpunk: Why No One Mentions Race in Cyberspace by Philip E. Baruth Creole Identity Politics, Race, and Star Trek: Voyager by Neal Baker Reclaiming the Invisible World: Maryse Conde's I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Faye Ringel Reading King Darkly: Issues of Race in Stephen King's Novels by Samantha Figliola Enlightening the Alien Savages: Colonialism in the Novels of Robert Silverberg by John Flodstrom "Differences Make Me Curious": Race, Sexuality, and Class in The Chronicles of Tornor by Elisabeth Anne Leonard Index Contributors
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