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.
Author: Roger A. Sneed Publisher: Ohio State University Press Published: 10/06/2021 Pages: 184 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.66lbs Size: 8.98h x 5.91w x 0.55d ISBN: 9780814258064
About the Author Roger A. Sneed is the Dorothy and B. H. Peace Jr. Professor and Chair of Religion at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.