This book illuminates the racialized nature of twenty first century Western popular culture by exploring how discourses of race circulate in the Fantasy genre It examines not only major texts in the genre, but also the impact of franchises, industry, editorial and authorial practices, and fan engagements on race and representation Approaching Fantasy as a significant eleThis book illuminates the racialized nature of twenty first century Western popular culture by exploring how discourses of race circulate in the Fantasy genre It examines not only major texts in the genre, but also the impact of franchises, industry, editorial and authorial practices, and fan engagements on race and representation Approaching Fantasy as a significant element of popular culture, it visits the struggles over race, racism, and white privilege that are enacted within creative works across media and the communities which revolve around them While scholars of Science Fiction have explored the genre s racialized constructs of possible futures, this book is the first examination of Fantasy to take up the topic of race in depth The book s interdisciplinary approach, drawing on Literary, Cultural, Fan, and Whiteness Studies, offers a cultural history of the anxieties which haunt Western popular culture in a century eager to declare itself post race The beginnings of the Fantasy genre s habits of whiteness in the twentieth century are examined, with an exploration of the continuing impact of older problematic works through franchising, adaptation, and imitation Young also discusses the major twenty first century sub genres which both re use and subvert Fantasy conventions The final chapter explores debates and anti racist praxis in authorial and fan communities With its multi pronged approach and innovative methodology, this book is an important and original contribution to studies of race, Fantasy, and twenty first century popular culture.
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I had been toying with the idea of writing about race in fantasy for a while I d periodically do some googling to try to ascertain what research had been done in that vein already, and never found all that much Then I came across a quote from Young s book, and requested it at the library without looking into it much further When I picked it up, though, I realized that this wasn t just a single prior piece of scholarship Rather, Young has assembled a comprehensive overview of the topic, something [...]
This book offered a lot of interesting points on race in books that I have loved for a great part of my life.I picked it up for my BA project which is on diversity specifically race in Young Adult fiction I know that this book focuses on Fantasy, but I decided to read it anyways, as I figured some of the points might still be applicable.I really liked this book, not only because it worked with books I personally love The Lord of the Rings but also great books I want to read at some point Pratche [...]
Recommended you check out if interested in race, fantasy literature or fantasy pop culture Young provides a convincing argument of how whiteness and fantasy have been so carefully woven together that it seems difficult, sometimes almost impossible, to pry them apart The title is perhaps misplaced as she explores video games, movies, and other media, in addition to literature This renders it a bit too expansive but is still a welcome exploration.
Very well written, well researched and informative book that will definitely help with the theory in the book I m writing The only complaint I have and it s not Young s fault so it didn t affect stars is it s so expensive I d love to have a copy for myself for reference instead of having to interlibrary loan it, but it s just not in my budget.
This is an essential text for anyone wanting to understand the role of race in fantasy literature after Robert E Howard and J R R Tolkien Young relies upon an astounding array of theoretical sources and her vast familiarity not only of the novels, but also of television shows, gaming, and on line debates Yet her discussion moves quickly and she makes her points with precision and force.