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Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction

Mark C. Jerng


When does racial description become racism? Critical race studies has not come up with good answers to this question because it has overemphasized the visuality of race. According to dominant theories of racial formation, we see race on bodies and persons and then link those perceptions to unjust practices of racial inequality. Racial Worldmaking argues that we do not just see race. We are taught when, where, and how to notice race by a set of narrative and interpretive strategies. These strategies are named “racial worldmaking” because they get us to notice race not just at the level of the b ... More

Keywords: African American, Asian American, Fantasy, Genre, Popular fiction, Race, Romance, Science fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823277759
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark C. Jerng, author
University of California, Berkeley