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The Dark Fantastic by Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (NYU Press) builds upon African American traditions and imaginations to explore race in popular youth fiction. Thomas pushes even further to incorporate storytelling formed through convergence culture in today’s virtual social worlds. This syllabus is intended to sustain scholarly conversation around ways in which young African Americans are immersing themselves in the creative flows of worlds that never were, ways they are outperforming the imagination gap. It is an extension of the materials identified in the text. Here we consider works of mainstream authors, movie and television and writers and other storytellers with our youth in mind. Here in this space, the creative imaginings of African Americans are the dominant, fantastic, and creative energy.
Prepared by: Edith Campbell (Associate Education Librarian; Indiana State University), Christopher Rogers (PhD Candidate, Reading/Writing/Literacy; PennGSE)