The Aquatic Turn in Afrofuturism: Women and Other Critters in Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon (2014) and Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi (2010)

Daniela Fargione (Università degli Studi di Torino)

Abstract

Il recente profluvio di narrazioni e opere artistiche divenute oggetto di studio di Blue Humanities (Mentz 2009), Critical Ocean Studies (DeLoughrey 2019), Hydro-Criticism (Winkiel 2019) o New Thalassology (Horden & Purcell 2006) testimoniano una svolta culturale che dalla terra sposta lo sguardo verso il mare. Nel presente articolo l’idrosfera è analizzata in due opere afrofuturiste – il romanzo Lagoon (2014) di Nnedi Okorafor e il cortometraggio Pumzi (2010) di Wanuri Kahiu – con l’intento di affrontare il globale ordine capitalista e immaginare un’estetica acquafuturista multispecie nata dalla contromemoria del Middle Passage con i suoi miti sottomarini.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-173

Parole chiave: Blue humanities, Afrofuturismo, immaginazione acquatica di genere, multispecie, umanArboreo.

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