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Racial WorldmakingThe Power of Popular Fiction$
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Mark C. Jerng

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277759

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.001.0001

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Racial Worldmaking

Racial Worldmaking

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(p.1) Introduction: Racial Worldmaking
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Racial Worldmaking
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Mark C. Jerng

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.003.0001

This introduction describes the theory and method of racial worldmaking. Critiquing the dominant approach of racial formation theory for analyzing race in the humanities and social sciences, it distinguishes an approach based on racial salience - how, when, and where we notice race. It describes the interrelations among genre and race in terms of larger theories of worldbuilding. The archive of popular fiction from 1893 to the present is established and linked to major, overlooked modes of black and Asiatic racialization. This archive challenges prominent historical accounts of race and racism in the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Biological racism, Genre, Popular fiction, Racial formation, Racial salience, Worldbuilding

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