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Keeping it Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics

Darieck Scott


Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics explores how fantasy—especially superhero comics, which are usually derided as naïve and childish—is a catalyst for engaging the black radical imagination. Such engagements prompt “fantasy-acts” against antiblackness, a transgressive way of “reading” beyond the comic-book page to envision and to experience alternate, and potentially more just, realities. Fantasies about superhero characters are not just or even primarily forms of escape, Scott argues, but are active reshapings of readers and their worlds. Keeping It Unreal offers a ri ... More

Keywords: fantasy, superhero comics, fantasy-acts, psychoanalysis, imagination, being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9781479840137
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479840137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darieck Scott, author
University of California-Berkeley

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