Using at least four primary sources read, viewed, or discussed in class, discuss the significance of one major theme, image, or stylistic feature in Afrofuturist cultural production.

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Be sure to explicitly identify and define the theme (e.g. queerness, space travel, violence, sexism, environmentalism, etc.), image or symbol (e.g. androids, astronauts, vampires, zombies, etc.), or the stylistic feature (e.g. free indirect discourse, direct address, slang, first person) and explain why this feature is key to understanding Afrofuturism.

A successful essay will have a strong thesis statement that makes consistent use of textual evidence, informed by close readings and analysis of your points. Lastly, a successful essay will also pay close attention to literary/visual devices and will incorporate a rigorous assessment of these elements throughout.

You only need to use 4 but here are some options to pick from:

Get Out (2017)

Octavia E. Butler, Fledgling (Grand Central)

Ta-Nahesi Coates, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (Volume 1)

Ta-Nahesi Coates, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (Volume 2)

Samuel R. Delany, Nova (Knopf Doubleday)

N.K. Jemisin, The Killing Moon (Orbit)

Victor LaValle, The Ballad of Black Tom (Tor)

Nnedi Okorafor, Binti (Tor)

Ytasha Womack, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (Lawrence Hill)

The easiest 4 to use would be: Get Out (2017 movie)

(, W.E.B. DuBois’s “The Comet”*

Derrick Bell’s “Space Traders”

And the Ballad of Black Tom (if you know the story… its a short read


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Needs a citation page as a 6th page

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