‘Stories of What If’: Brown Girl in the Ring and Literary Fantasy as Theory

Rhonda Frederick (Boston College, USA)

Abstract

“‘Stories of What If’: Brown Girl in the Ring and Literary Fantasy as Theory” interprets literary fantasy as a theoretical tool that can intervene in how readers make sense of extraliterary worlds. Applying this perspective to Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring (1998), the essay highlights “imaginable truths” that complicate ideas of national belonging.

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