Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction's Newest New-Wave Trajectory

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Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory,

edited by Marleen S. Barr, is the first combined science fiction critical anthology and short story collection to focus upon black women via written and visual texts. The volume creates a dialogue with existing theories of Afro-Futurism in order to generate fresh ideas about how to apply race to science fiction studies in terms of gender. The contributors, including Hortense Spillers, Samuel ...

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Overview


Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory,

edited by Marleen S. Barr, is the first combined science fiction critical anthology and short story collection to focus upon black women via written and visual texts. The volume creates a dialogue with existing theories of Afro-Futurism in order to generate fresh ideas about how to apply race to science fiction studies in terms of gender. The contributors, including Hortense Spillers, Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, and Steven Barnes, formulate a woman-centered Afro-Futurism by repositioning previously excluded fiction to redefine science fiction as a broader fantastic endeavor. They articulate a platform for scholars to mount a vigorous argument in favor of redefining science fiction to encompass varieties of fantastic writing and, therefore, to include a range of black women’s writing that would otherwise be excluded. Afro-Future Females builds upon Barr’s previous work in black science fiction and fills a gap in the literature. It is the first critical anthology to address the "blackness" of outer space fiction in terms of feminism, emphasizing that it is necessary to revise the very nature of a genre that has been constructed in such a way as to exclude its new black participants. Black science fiction writers alter genre conventions to change how we read and define science fiction itself. The work’s main point: black science fiction is the most exciting literature of the nascent twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814210789
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2008
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Marleen S. Barr

 

is a science fiction pioneer who broke new ground in feminist science fiction criticism with her book Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory. She won the Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award for Lifetime Achievement in science fiction criticism.

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Table of Contents

Preface: "All At One Point" Conveys the Point, Period: Or, Black Science Fiction Is Bursting Out All Over

Introductions: "Dark Matter" Matters

Imaginative Encounters Hortense J. Spillers Spillers, Hortense J. 3

Black to the Future: Afro-Futurism 1.0 Mark Dery Dery, Mark 6

"On the Other Side of the Glass": The Television Roots of Black Science Fiction Marleen S. Barr Barr, Marleen S. 14

Essays: The Blackness of Outer Space Fiction as Blast(Off) from the Past

Becoming Animal in Black Women's Science Fiction Madhu Dubey Dubey, Madhu 31

"God Is Change": Persuasion and Pragmatic Utopianism in Octavia E. Butler's Earthseed Novels Ellen Peel Peel, Ellen 52

Tananarive Due and Nalo Hopkinson Revisit the Reproduction of Mothering: Legacies of the Past and Strategies for the Future Alcena Madeline Davis Rogan Rogan, Alcena Madeline Davis 75

Close Encounters between Traditional and Nontraditional Science Fiction: Octavia E. Butler's Kindred and Gayl Jones's Corregidora Sing the Time Travel Blues Jennifer E. Henton Henton, Jennifer E. 100

Beyond the History We Know: Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Nisi Shawl, and Jarla Tangh Rethink Science Fiction Tradition De Witt Douglas Kilgore Kilgore, De Witt Douglas 119

Responses to De Witt Douglas Kilgore: Bubbling Champagne Power Trip Nisi Shawl Shawl, Nisi 130

"Of Course People Can Fly" Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu Okorafor-Mbachu, Nnedi 131

Carla Johnson/Jarla Tangh: A Close Encounter with My Pseudonym Jarla Tangh Tangh, Jarla 132

Stories: Techno/Magic Sistahs Are Not the Sistahs from Another Planet

The Book of Martha Octavia E. Butler Butler, Octavia E. 135

Double Consciousness AndreaHairston Hairston, Andrea 151

Dynamo Hum Nisi Shawl Shawl, Nisi 158

The Ferryman Sheree R. Thomas Thomas, Sheree R. 167

Herbal Nalo Hopkinson Hopkinson, Nalo 174

Commentaries: Kindred Spirit

On Octavia E. Butler Tananarive Dub Dub, Tananarive 179

Can a Brother Get Some Love? Sociobiology in Images of African-American Sensuality in Contemporary Cinema: Or, Why We'd Better the Hell Claim Vin Diesel as Our Own Steven Barnes Barnes, Steven 182

A Conversation with Samuel R. Delany about Sex, Gender, Race, Writing - and Science Fiction Samuel R. Delany Delany, Samuel R. Carl Freedman Freedman, Carl 191

Black "Science Faction": An Interview with Kevin Wilmott, Director and Writer of CSA, The Confederate States of America Kevin Willmott Willmott, Kevin Marleen S. Ban Ban, Marleen S. 236

Octavia's Healing Power: A Tribute to the Late Great Octavia E. Butler Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu Okorafor-Mbachu, Nnedi 241

Afterword: The Big Bang: Or, the Inception of Scholarship about Black Women Science Fiction Writers Marleen S. Ban Ban, Marleen S. 245

Response to the Afterword

Connecting Metamorphoses: Italo Calvino's Mrs. Ph(i)NKo and I, Dr. Ph(d)SalvagGlo Ruth Salvaggio Salvaggio, Ruth 249

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