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Civil Rights in Fantasy

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1Civil Rights in Fantasy 20 th and 21 st century Civil Rights Fantasy - At the beginning of the 20 th century, Civil Rights fiction began to reflect the social movements of the time. - From the feminist and African-American movement, to more recent gay and lesbian movement. - One of the first works of literature to describe African Americans in a positive light was Anthony Boucher, in his story, “Q.U.R.” (1943). - In it, a black man becomes the President of the United States. - The two sequels also put gays in a positive light, very unusual for the period. - In S.S. Van Dine’s story The Canary Murder Case (1927), one of the characters commend the black maid for her intelligence, something that was simply not done. Most African-Americans were portrayed as ignorant.
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Unformatted text preview: - Later books, such as The Left Hand of Darkness , by Ursula K. Le Guin in 1969, discussed gender equality. - In the 1960s and 1970s, authors such as Joanna Russ and Marge Piercy wrote pieces like "When It Changed" (by Russ in 1972) and Woman on the Edge of Time (by Piercy in 1976) that discussed homosexuality and worlds where such practices were accepted.- Many works of this genre have been adapted to film, most recently V For Vendetta, which is currently in theaters, it was written to protest Margaret Thatcher’s administration. Works Cited 22 March, 2006 <http://members.aol.com/mg4273/boucher.htm> 22 March, 2006 <http://www.glbtq.com/literature/scifi_fantasy,3.html > 22 March, 2006 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Left_Hand_of_Darkness >...
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