Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic


Unlike many classic works of fiction, literature of the fantastic enjoys mass popularity. Because the fantastic is so much a part of popular culture, fantasy literature can represent or address the racial attitudes of its audience. Representations of race in the fantastic provide a measure of the concern the culture has for racial matters. If a work is racist, whether consciously or not, it may perpetuate racist attitudes unless it is carefully examined. At the same time, literature of the fantastic is able to present possible worlds rather than real ones. It is thus a literature of possibility, in which racial matters may be addressed and exposed, so that readers may become more conscious of the evils of racist attitudes. This volume explores the significance of race and color in the works of a wide range of authors, including Octavia Butler, Robert Heinlein, Stephen King, and Robert Silverberg.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Donald M. Hassler
  • Perry Meisel
  • Walter Kendrick
  • Teri Ann Doerksen
  • Lisbeth Gant-britton
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1997


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