Since the 1980s, an increasing number of black writers have
begun publishing speculative-fantastic fictions such as fantasy,
gothic, utopian and science fiction. Writing into two literary
traditions that are conventionally considered separate -- white
speculative genres and black literary-cultural traditions -- the
texts integrate an African American sensibility of the past within
the present, with speculative fiction s sensibility of the present
within the future.
Thaler takes stock of this trend by proposing that the growing
number of texts has brought forth a genre of its own. She analyzes
recent fictions by Octavia E. Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Nalo
Hopkinson as in-between color-coded literary and cultural
traditions by paying particular attention to concepts of literary
history and time as well as postcolonial notions of hybridity and
mimicry, race, and identity. The study treads on new ground since
it not only offers a broader scope of the various speculative
genres in which established and emerging black authors currently
publish, but also shows that these fictions contest conventionally
accepted notions of white genres and black traditions and, in
consequence, of (post-)postmodern literature and popular fiction.
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