Tony M. Vinci
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Breaking through the canvas
Towards a definition of (meta)cultural blackness in the fantasies of Clive Barker
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Clive Barker explores (meta)cultural blackness and its transformative influence in many of his works, but it is perhaps never more fully and powerfully detailed than through the character of Pie 'oh' pah in Imajica. More than a project of cultural critique or personal empowerment, Barker's (meta)cultural blackness demonstrates the power of fantasy narratives to engage with and prefigure emergent forms of identity and agency. Engaging Barker's fantasies as a prime test case, the chapter argues that approaching fantasy narratives through critical race theory and other experimental frameworks of agency and identity can further mobilise the genre to participate in projects of cultural revolution. Barker's Imajica is a novel haunted by the possibility of union, of singularity. Each of its primary characters is torn from people and places that, at least imaginarily, offer the promise of authentic personhood.

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