Podcast: Scholars on using fantasy to reimagine Blackness

August 1, 2022

Five professors speaking remotely on a panelIn Berkeley Talks episode 147, a panel of scholars discusses UC Berkeley professor Darieck Scott’s new book Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics, which explores how fantasies of Black power and triumph in superhero comics and other genres create challenges to — and respite from — white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

“My investigation, my fantasy about fantasy, is a fantasy as a mode of living and fantasy as a transformation of living and being,” said Scott at the March 10 event. “The argument here is for fantasy as world-making.”

Berkeley Talks