Keeping It Unreal  


Keeping It Unreal
NYU Press | January 4, 2022 | 280 pages
ISBN: 9781479824144

"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, the author argues, but are active reshapings of readers and their worlds.