1st Edition

Charting the Afrofuturist Imaginary in African American Art The Black Female Fantastic

By Elizabeth Carmel Hamilton Copyright 2023
    166 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines Afrofuturism in African American art, focusing specifically on images of black women and how those images expand the discourse of representation in visual culture of the United States.

    This volume defines a visual language of Afrofuturism that includes materiality, temporality, and black liberation. Elizabeth Hamilton discusses the visual progenitors of Afrofuturism. In the artworks of Pierre Bennu, Sanford Biggers, Alison Saar, Mequitta Ahuja, Robert Pruitt, Renee Cox, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Alma Thomas, and Harriet Powers, the fantastic narratives of Afrofuturism are uncovered through in-depth case studies. These case studies engage with Afrofuturism as a black feminist visual theory that helps to unburden the images of black women from the stereotypical visual scripts that are so common in contemporary visual culture of the United States.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual studies, American literature, gender studies, popular culture, and African American studies.

    Preface: An Origin Story; Introduction; 1. Harriet Tubman's (afro)Future; 2. Narratives of Fugivity: Black Feminist Futures in Art History; 3. Mammy as (anti)Heroine; 4. The Alchemy of Hair; Conclusion: The Black Female Fantastic


    Elizabeth Carmel Hamilton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at Fort Valley State University.