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dc.contributor.authorDeGraw, Sharon
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-21 16:10:27
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-01T09:40:43Z
dc.date.available2020-04-01T09:40:43Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier1006049
dc.identifierOCN: 1135854466en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/24083
dc.description.abstractWhile the connections between science fiction and race have largely been neglected by scholars, racial identity is a key element of the subjectivity constructed in American SF. In his Mars series, Edgar Rice Burroughs primarily supported essentialist constructions of racial identity, but also included a few elements of racial egalitarianism. Writing in the 1930s, George S. Schuyler revised Burroughs' normative SF triangle of white author, white audience, and white protagonist and promoted an individualistic, highly variable concept of race instead. While both Burroughs and Schuyler wrote SF focusing on racial identity, the largely separate genres of science fiction and African American literature prevented the similarities between the two authors from being adequately acknowledged and explored. Beginning in the 1960s, Samuel R. Delany more fully joined SF and African American literature. Delany expands on Schuyler's racial constructionist approach to identity, including gender and sexuality in addition to race. Critically intertwining the genres of SF and African American literature allows a critique of the racism in the science fiction and a more accurate and positive portrayal of the scientific connections in the African American literature. Connecting the popular fiction of Burroughs, the controversial career of Schuyler, and the postmodern texts of Delany illuminates a gradual change from a stable, essentialist construction of racial identity at the turn of the century to the variable, social construction of poststructuralist subjectivity today.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesLiterary Criticism and Cultural Theory
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::D Literature & literary studies::DS Literature: history & criticism
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::D Literature & literary studies::DS Literature: history & criticism::DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFF Social issues & processes::JFFJ Social discrimination & inequality
dc.subject.otheredgar
dc.subject.otherrice
dc.subject.otherburroughs
dc.subject.othergenre
dc.subject.otherschuylers
dc.subject.otherblack
dc.subject.othercommunity
dc.subject.otherfarnhams
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dc.titleThe Subject of Race in American Science Fiction
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.4324/9780203944486
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy7b3c7b10-5b1e-40b3-860e-c6dd5197f0bb
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameTaylor & Francis
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitehttps://taylorandfrancis.com/
oapen.relation.isbn9780415979016;9780415802895;9781135864590;9781135864583;9781135864545


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