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Tru Leverette and Barbara Mennel

Zélie Asava. Mixed Race Cinemas: Multiracial Dynamics in America and France (New York Bloomsbury, 2017). 216 pp., ISBN: 1501312456 (paperback: $35.96) Reviewed by Tru Leverette On the cusp of the twenty-first century, Danzy Senna

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Before and After Ghostcatching

Animation, Primitivism, and the Choreography of Vitality

Heather Warren-Crow

arts, which embraced primitivism in an attempt to “exorcize the interiorized structures separating [European artists] from the authenticity of their own childhoods and of the childhood of their ‘race’” ( Leighten 2013: 60 ). 4 Primitivism in animation

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Elizabeth Jochum, Graeme Stout, and Brian Bergen-Aurand

Jennifer Rhee, The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018). 240 pp., ISBN: 978151790298 (paperback, $27)

Soraya Murray, On Video Games: The Politics of Race, Gender and Space (New York: I. B. Tauris, 2018). xv + 315pp., ISBN: 9781786732507 (PDF eBook, $82.50)

Ari Larissa Heinrich, Chinese Surplus: Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018). 264 pp., ISBN: 9780822370536 (paperback, $25.95)

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The Self On-Screen

Pavel Pyś Reflects on The Body Electric

Pavel Pyś

The Body Electric was catalyzed by the frustration of seeing a group of artists of roughly the same age exhibited predominantly within the context of their own generation.2 The majority were working with new technologies (such as 3D printing, motion capture, avatars, computer-generated animations), and many were grouped under the moniker “post-internet art,” which, by the time the exhibition had opened, had become an exhausted term with little currency (see Droitcour 2014). The impetus was to age these emerging and mid-career artists by creating an intergenerational family tree, elevating overlooked voices and demonstrating a healthy skepticism toward the novelty of technology. The through line connecting the artists on view was a shared engagement with the body and its mediated image, raising important questions about representation, especially in terms of identity, embodiment, race, gender, sexuality, class, and belonging. Like Alice disappearing through the mirror, these artists nimbly cross the boundaries separating the physical world and its space on-screen, blurring 2D and 3D, real and virtual, analog and digital. As these distinctions melt away, how are artists questioning the present and warning of what lies around the corner?

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Reimagining Frankenstein

Otherness, Responsibility, and Visions of Future Technologies in Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad and Jeanette Winterson’s Frankissstein

Amal Al Shamsi

Frankenstein’s existential dilemmas of humanity and science have led the novel to be upheld as a premonition of the dangers of overreaching technological advancements, a theme that seems more relevant than ever in the current age. Out of the “creative progeny” of Mary Shelley’s work, Ahmed Saadawi and Jeanette Winterson’s invocations of Frankenstein stand out as they reimagine the text through distinctive political turning points, questioning how horrors of the past can be reworked to fit new terrors. Their respective works, Frankenstein in Baghdad and Frankissstein, contemplate the future of the human body as altered by technology whether incited by warfare or by the introduction of artificial intelligence. Although different in terms of geographical setting and genre, both texts are connected in their reinvestigation of Frankenstein’s core concerns of otherness as related to gender and race, responsibility, as well as the future of humanity and literature. Within their works, the relationships of creator and creation, as well as the individual and society, transcend the supernatural elements, revealing a core anxiety about the future of humanity.

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Jess Dorrance

W. E. B. Du Bois's album Types of American Negroes, Georgia, U.S.A. as shown in Shawn Michelle Smith's book Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture (2004). Image courtesy of the artists. The third

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Andrew J. Ball

and sexuality studies, and in critical race and ethnic studies. These many disciplinary and topical elements are elegantly assembled in this issue's special section entitled “Queer Sinofuturisms.” We are particularly excited to contribute to the

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Redefining Representation

Black Trans and Queer Women’s Digital Media Production

Moya Bailey

health and social needs are addressed—unlike with other types of difference, such as race—the use of such hashtags as #girlslikeus allows for a network where this information can be dispensed, even with anonymity. In addition, transitioning “vlogs” or

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Peter Lurie, Antonio Sanna, Hansen Hsu, Ella Houston, and Kristof van Baarle

Alice Maurice, The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013), 288 pp. + 30 b&w photos. ISBN 978-0-8166-7805-1 (paperback, $25), 978-0-8166-7804-1 (hardback, $75). Reviewed

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Editorial

Situating Screen Bodies

Brian Bergen-Aurand

On the Cover Figure 1 Love Has No Gender, Race or Sexuality. Boitumelo and Collen. (August 2017) . This cover of Screen Bodies features a photograph by Collen Mfazwe entitled “Love Has No Gender, Race or Sexuality. Boitumelo and