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Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century

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In Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century, eminent contributors pay tribute to Afrofuturism as a powerful and evolving aesthetic practice that communicates the experience of science, technology, and race across centuries, continents, and cultures. While Ryan Coogler and Janelle Monáe may have helped bring the genre into contemporary pop consciousness, it in fact extends back to the writing of eighteenth-century poet Phyllis Wheatley and has continued in the work of Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, N. K. Jemisin, and many others. In examining this heritage, contributors in this volume question generic boundaries, recover lost artists and introduce new ones, and explore how the meteoric rise of a new, pan-African speculative literary tradition may or may not connect with Afrofuturism.

Additionally, the editors have marshaled some of today’s most exciting writers for a roundtable discussion of the genre: Bill Campbell, Minister Faust, Nalo Hopkinson, N. K. Jemisin, Chinelo Onwualu, Nisi Shawl, and Nick Wood. Pioneering author and editor Sheree R. Thomas limns how black women have led new developments in contemporary Afrofuturism, and artist Stacey Robinson’s illustrations orient readers to the spirited themes of this enduring and consequential literary tradition.
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ISBN-13: 9780814214459

Media Type: Hardcover(1)

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

Publication Date: 08-20-2020

Pages: 248

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Series: New Suns: RaceGenderand Sexuality

Isiah Lavender III is the Sterling-Goodman Professor of English at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement (OSU Press, 2019). Lisa Yaszek is Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech. She is the author of Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction (OSU Press, 2007).

Table of Contents

Introduction Imagining Futures in Full Color
Isiah Lavender III and Lisa Yaszek
Part One Afrofuturism Now
Afrovision, artwork[WKL1] by Stacey Robinson
Chapter 1 Author Roundtable on Afrofuturism
Isiah Lavender III and Lisa Yaszek
Chapter 2 Dangerous Muses: Black Women Writers Creating at the Forefront of Afrofuturism
Sheree R. Thomas
Part Two Afrofuturism in Literary History
Radical Imagination, artwork by Stacey Robinson
Chapter 3 This Time for Africa! Afrofuturism as Alternate (American) History
De Witt Douglas Kilgore
Chapter 4 Middle Age, Mer People, and the Middle Passage: Nalo Hopkinson’s Afrofuturist Journeying in The New Moon’s Arms
Gina Wisker
Chapter 5 Young Adult Afrofuturism
Rebecca Holden
Part Three Afrofuturism in Cultural History
Sankofa of the Mind, artwork by Stacey Robinson
Chapter 6 Space/Race: Recovering John M. Faucette
Mark Bould
Chapter 7 Runoff: Afroaquanauts in Landscapes of Sacrifice
Elizabeth A. Wheeler
Chapter 8 Black Futures Matter: Afrofuturism and Geontology in N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy
Lisa Dowdall
Part Four Afrofuturism and Africa
The Last Shall Be First, artwork by Stacey Robinson
Chapter 9 We Are Terror Itself: Wakanda as Nation
Gerry Canavan
Chapter 10 Global Afrofuturist Ecologies
Jerome Winter
Chapter 11 “You Can’t Go Home Again”: Deji Bryce Olukotun’s Nigerians in Space, Science Fiction, and Global Interdependence
Marleen S. Barr
Chapter 12 Faster than Before: Science Fiction in Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Nedine Moonsamy
Coda Wokeness and Afrofuturism
Isiah Lavender III and Lisa Yaszek

[WKL1]Au: The frontispiece artwork titles are going to be included under the artwork itself on their respective pages and Robinson’s artwork is called out in the promotional copy for the book—do we need these listings for the artwork here in the TOC?