Metamorphic literatures: Voicing a new movement
Bidell, Heather Naori
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In the recent past, post-colonial and Black Diasporic writers have been exploring the invention of new images in the realm of science fiction and speculative fiction. However, in order to read their revelatory work one must go beyond the boundaries of these genres and transgress the landscapes of these literary domains. This composition forwards a new lens through which to read these texts which I entitle metamorphic literatures. Metamorphic literatures is both the identification of a cohesive group of texts, as well as the assertion that these particular texts are part of a global literary movement. The literatures coming out of this movement fundamentally seek to (1) resist colonization and enslavement, (2) re-vision history and resurface figures of redress, and (3) reimagine gender, sexualities, and the queer diasporic body. The tropes of this new literary movement that are expanded upon in the following work will organize the language, characteristics, and outlines of this movement of contemporary diasporic writers.