Black Atlantic Speculative Fictions: Octavia E. Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Nalo Hopkinson (Hardback)Ingrid Thaler (author)
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Since the 1980s, an increasing number of black writers have begun publishing speculative-fantastic fictions such as fantasy, gothic, utopian and science fiction. Writing into two literary traditions that are conventionally considered separate -- white speculative genres and black literary-cultural traditions -- the texts integrate an African American sensibility of the past within the present, with speculative fiction's sensibility of the present within the future.
Thaler takes stock of this trend by proposing that the growing number of texts has brought forth a genre of its own. She analyzes recent fictions by Octavia E. Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Nalo Hopkinson as in-between color-coded literary and cultural traditions by paying particular attention to concepts of literary history and time as well as postcolonial notions of hybridity and mimicry, race, and identity. The study treads on new ground since it not only offers a broader scope of the various speculative genres in which established and emerging black authors currently publish, but also shows that these fictions contest conventionally accepted notions of white genres and black traditions and, in consequence, of (post-)postmodern literature and popular fiction.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 194
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
"Thaler's contribution is a welcome addition to the study of trans-Atlantic studies, to writing about the African Diaspora, and, above all, to speculative fiction. Advanced undergraduates and graduate students should find Thaler's analysis of black Atlantic sf stimulating and rewarding." - Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
"Blazes a new trail... well-researched, insightful, and coherently argued. It represents an important addition to the scholarly criticism on American literature in general and Black Atlantic literature and Popular Culture Studies in particular. This monograph will hopefully pique the interest of more scholars to further explore the intricacies of this long-neglected yet vibrant field of research." - Marie-Luise Loffler, Amerikastudien, American Studies: A Quarterly