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Afrofuturism, Science Fiction, and the Reinvention of African American Culture

Abstract Modern and contemporary African American writers employ science fiction in order to recast ideas on past, present, and future black culture. This dissertation examines Afrofuturism’s cultural aesthetics, which appropriate devices from science fiction and fantasy in order to revise, interrogate, and re-examine historical events insufficiently treated by literary realism. The dissertation includes treatments of George Schuyler, Ishmael Reed, Octavia Butler, Colson Whitehead, Nalo Hopkinson, and Chicana/ofuturism.

The original contribution of this research is to highlight how imagination of a posthuman world has made it possible for African American writers to envision how racial power can be re-configured and re-negotiated. Focusing on shif... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Kim, Myungsung (Author) / Lockard, Joe (Advisor) / Lester, Neal (Committee member) / Holbo, Christine (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject American literature / African American studies / Literature / Afrofuturism / Black Science Fiction / Cybernetics / Posthumanism / Science Fiction
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 249 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation English 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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