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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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Alternate Histories of World War II; or, How the Race Concept Organizes the World

Alternate Histories of World War II; or, How the Race Concept Organizes the World

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(p.185) Chapter 8: Alternate Histories of World War II; or, How the Race Concept Organizes the World
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Racial Worldmaking
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Mark C. Jerng

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.003.0009

This chapter analyzes Korematsu v. U.S. for the development of the legal doctrine of “strict scrutiny” and how it shapes racial perception. It then surveys alternate histories of World War II, focusing on those modes of storytelling that dramatize the defeat of the U.S. by Germany and Japan. The chapter isolates a particular narrative technique - the index - as it is used across both legal storytelling and alternate histories. Finally, it engages Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle as an example of an alternate history that shows the limits of our capacity to imagine an anti-racist world.

Keywords:   Alternate history, Dick, Philip K., Korematsu v. U.S., Man in the High Castle, The, Racial index, Strict scrutiny, Turtledove, Harry, World War II

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