Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Racial WorldmakingThe Power of Popular Fiction$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use (for details see www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 22 March 2019

The “Facts” of Blackness and Anthropological Worlds

The “Facts” of Blackness and Anthropological Worlds

Chapter:
(p.103) Chapter 5: The “Facts” of Blackness and Anthropological Worlds
Source:
Racial Worldmaking
Author(s):

Mark C. Jerng

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.003.0006

This chapter discusses the origins and development of sword and sorcery in the pulps and fanzines of the 1930s. It starts with Robert Howard’s Conan the Barbarian stories and reads these stories in relation to contemporaneous fanzine commentary. show an intricate process of worldbuilding whereby race is located at higher and higher levels of meaning even though its correspondence with actual “races” is deeply questioned. This interpretive strategy mirrors the work of cultural anthropologists who were critiquing biological racism, thus demonstrating that race was not so much being critiqued as it was being elevated to a different order of meaning. It details these interpretive strategies in order to show the simultaneous reproduction of race in the building of sword and sorcery as a genre with the embedding of race in anthropological thought.

Keywords:   Allegory, Anthropology of race, Benedict, Ruth, Conan the Barbarian, Fantasy, Fanzines, Howard, Robert, Sword and sorcery, UNESCO Statement on Race

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .