Afrofuturism, science fiction, and the history of the future

@article{Yaszek2006AfrofuturismSF,
  title={Afrofuturism, science fiction, and the history of the future},
  author={Lisa Yaszek},
  journal={Socialism and Democracy},
  year={2006},
  volume={20},
  pages={41 - 60}
}
  • Lisa Yaszek
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • Socialism and Democracy
In his introduction to the 1989 re-issue of Invisible Man Ralph Ellison provocatively notes, “a piece of science fiction is the last thing I expected to write” (xv). Both this claim and the way Ellison phrases it are striking. Literary scholars usually talk about Invisible Man as a prime example of the Great American Novel, but throughout his career Ellison carefully distanced himself from that phrase. Indeed, when he accepted the National Book Award for this work in 1953 he rather cheerfully… Expand
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