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The Dreamer and the Dream: Afrofuturism and Black Religious Thought
by Roger A. Sneed
The Ohio State University Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-0-8142-8156-7 | Cloth: 978-0-8142-1479-4 | Paper: 978-0-8142-5806-4
Library of Congress Classification PN3433.6.S64 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 700.452996073

In The Dreamer and the Dream: Afrofuturism and Black Religious Thought, Roger A. Sneed illuminates the interplay of Black religious thought with science fiction narratives to present a bold case for Afrofuturism as an important channel for Black spirituality. In the process, he challenges the assumed primacy of the Black church as the arbiter of Black religious life. Incorporating analyses of Octavia Butler’s Parable books, Janelle Monáe’s Afrofuturistic saga, Star Trek’s Captain Benjamin Sisko, Marvel’s Black Panther, and Sun Ra and the Nation of Islam, Sneed demonstrates how Afrofuturism has contributed to Black visions of the future. He also investigates how Afrofuturism has influenced religious scholarship that looks to Black cultural production as a means of reimagining Blackness in the light of the sacred. The result is an expansive new look at the power of science fiction and Afrofuturism to center the diversity of Black spirituality.
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