The Universal Translator: Blackness and Speculative Fiction in Theory and Practice
The Working Group in Critical Theory has joined forces with Infinite Possibilities: The Working Group on Speculative Fiction to present a yearlong series on The Speculative. In this meeting, we will be discussing André Carrington's recently released book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction.
André Carrington is an Assistant Professor of English at Drexel University, whose research focuses on the cultural politics of race, gender, and genre in 20th century Black and American literature and the arts. His writings have appeared in Present Tense, Callaloo, African & Black Diaspora, and elsewhere. Carrington analyzes the highly racialized genre of speculative fiction—including science fiction, fantasy, and utopian works, along with their fan cultures—to illustrate the relationship between genre conventions in media and the meanings ascribed to blackness in the popular imagination. Speculative Blackness reveals new understandings of the significance of blackness in twentieth-century American literature and culture.
His respondent, Jonathan Leal, is a PhD Candidate in Stanford's interdisciplinary program in Modern Thought & Literature.
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