Author(s): Helen Young
This e book illuminates the racialized nature of twenty-first century Western pop culture by way of exploring how discourses of race flow into within the Fantasy style. It examines now not handiest primary texts within the style, but in addition the have an effect on of franchises, business, editorial and authorial practices, and fan engagements on race and illustration. Approaching Fantasy as an important part of pop culture, it visits the struggles over race, racism, and white privilege which might be enacted inside inventive works throughout media and the communities which revolve round them. While students of Science Fiction have explored the style’s racialized constructs of conceivable futures, this e book is the primary exam of Fantasy to absorb the subject of race intensive. The e book’s interdisciplinary way, drawing on Literary, Cultural, Fan, and Whiteness Studies, provides a cultural historical past of the anxieties which hang-out Western pop culture in a century desperate to claim itself post-race. The beginnings of the Fantasy style’s behavior of whiteness within the 20th century are tested, with an exploration of the continued have an effect on of older problematic works thru franchising, adaptation, and imitation. Young additionally discusses the main twenty-first century sub-genres which each re-use and subvert Fantasy conventions. The ultimate bankruptcy explores debates and anti-racist praxis in authorial and fan communities. With its multi-pronged way and leading edge method, this e book is a very powerful and unique contribution to research of race, Fantasy, and twenty-first century pop culture.