Author(s): Helen Young
This ebook 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 no longer simplest primary texts within the style, but additionally the affect of franchises, trade, editorial and authorial practices, and fan engagements on race and illustration. Approaching Fantasy as a vital component of pop culture, it visits the struggles over race, racism, and white privilege which are enacted inside of ingenious 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 ebook is the primary exam of Fantasy to absorb the subject of race extensive. The ebook’s interdisciplinary way, drawing on Literary, Cultural, Fan, and Whiteness Studies, gives 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 ongoing affect of older problematic works via franchising, adaptation, and imitation. Young additionally discusses the key 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 ebook is a very powerful and authentic contribution to research of race, Fantasy, and twenty-first century pop culture.