TRANSITUS: Time Travel, Transmedia and The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Scott, Linda ORCID logoORCID: (2022) TRANSITUS: Time Travel, Transmedia and The Transatlantic Slave Trade. In: TRANSITUS, 15 - 16 July 2022, ONLINE : TEAMS. (Submitted)

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In light of an investigation into Illustration relating to Science Fiction and a noticeable development in recent years of the genre’s reputation being elevated from ‘low brow’ to ‘high brow ‘, this research continues with a discussion of the value of such work and an analysis of themes including
Colonialism, the transatlantic slave trade, feminism, intergenerational trauma and interracial relationships – all potent aspects of American society still resonating today.

Termed ‘the mother of Afro Futurism ‘multiple award -winning author Octavia Butler wrote one of her most renowned novels, Kindred in 1976. Often associated with the science fiction genre, this novel defies boundaries and highlights troubling themes, with Butler creating an ingenious narrative which enables the protagonist Dana to travel back in time to Antebellum America and experience the troubled world of her ancestors.

The focus upon Illustration is an analysis of the Graphic Novel adaptation ‘ Kindred’ created by author Damian Duffy and illustrator John Jennings. Questions arise around the suitability of the format for such challenging themes and comparisons are made between the illustrations and those created for a Folio Society publication of ‘Kindred’ illustrated by James E. Ransome.

In her paper 'Saying Yes, Textual Traumas in Octavia Butler's Kindred ', Marisa Parham suggests that ,'..texts like Kindred .. attempt to move specific histories away from the silent and shameful not by representing history .. but rather by bringing the historical past into the present tense, thus conjuring history's actualities - flesh, survival, and the things people do in the interest of the future.

Through their creative collaboration Damian Duffy and John Jennings have brought these troubling themes to the attention of younger contemporary audiences who may not easily engage with purely text- based narrative and therefore enabled the conversation to evolve.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Arts > Drawing
Arts > Graphic Arts
Arts > Historical
Arts > Illustration
History > UK
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Depositing User: Linda Scott
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2023 14:00
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 08:26


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