When: Thu., April 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 2018
The Dark Fantastic explores the fantastic from the perspectives of four stories, four fantastic worlds, and four Black girl protagonists. In her chapter on The Vampire Diaries book series and television show, for example, Thomas examines the way that Bonnie is positioned vis-à-vis beauty and desirability politics, privileging her story over that of White protagonist Elena Gilbert. This critical race counterstorying perspective examines how race and the imagination bend such texts at the seams, contorting both space and time. Through emancipated imaginations, endarkened and made whole, the literary landscape for our young people can indeed be made anew.