Adilifu Nama's Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film PDF

By Adilifu Nama

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

Science fiction movie deals its audience many pleasures, now not least of that's the potential for imagining different worlds within which very various varieties of society exist. no longer strangely, notwithstanding, those substitute worlds usually turn into areas within which filmmakers and picture audiences can discover problems with quandary in our personal society. via an research of over thirty canonic technology fiction (SF) motion pictures, together with Logan's Run, big name Wars, Blade Runner, again to the long run, Gattaca, and Minority Report, Black Space deals a thorough-going research of the way SF movie because the Nineteen Fifties has handled the difficulty of race and in particular with the illustration of blackness.

Setting his examine opposed to the backdrop of America's ongoing racial struggles and intricate socioeconomic histories, Adilifu Nama pursues a couple of topics in Black Space. They contain the based 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 classification and financial matters to subsume race as a subject matter; the racially subversive pleasures and allegories encoded in a few mainstream SF motion pictures; and the ways that self reliant 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 turn into a huge box of racial research, a domain the place definitions of race could be contested and post-civil rights race kinfolk (re)imagined.

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