Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film

Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film

Adilifu Nama


Winner, Rollins booklet Award, Southwest Texas pop culture Association/American tradition organization, 2008

Science fiction movie deals its audience many pleasures, no longer least of that is the potential for imagining different worlds during which very diversified kinds of society exist. now not unusually, even if, those substitute worlds usually develop into areas during which filmmakers and picture audiences can discover problems with challenge in our personal society. via an research of over thirty canonic technological know-how fiction (SF) movies, together with Logan's Run, celebrity Wars, Blade Runner, again to the long run, Gattaca, and Minority Report, Black Space deals a thorough-going research of ways SF movie because the Fifties has handled the problem of race and particularly with the illustration of blackness.

Setting his learn opposed to the backdrop of America's ongoing racial struggles and complicated socioeconomic histories, Adilifu Nama pursues a couple of topics in Black Space. They comprise the established absence/token presence of blacks in SF movie; racial illness and racial paranoia; the traumatized black physique because the final signifier of distinction, alienness, and "otherness"; using category and fiscal matters to subsume race as a subject; the racially subversive pleasures and allegories encoded in a few mainstream SF movies; and the ways that autonomous and extra-filmic productions are subverting the SF style of Hollywood filmmaking.

The first book-length examine of African American illustration in technology fiction movie, Black Space demonstrates that SF cinema has develop into an enormous box of racial research, a domain the place definitions of race may be contested and post-civil rights race kinfolk (re)imagined.

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