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Mixed-Race Superman


Author(s):
Will Harris
Publisher:
Other
Publication:
5/2018
Languages:
English
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN/SKU:
9781999922306
Pages:
0
Sizes:
0 x 0mm
Weight:
0.5000
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A personal essay on Barrack Obama, Keanu Reeves and mixed-race experience in our increasingly divided world.

At once personal and political, Mixed-Race Superman is a reflection on the lives of two very different supermen: Barack Obama and Keanu Reeves. In an era where a man endorsed by the Klu Klux Klan can sit in the White House, Will Harris argues that the mixed-race background of each gave them a shapelessness that was a form of resistance. Reeves, as Neo in The Matrix, portrayed the chosen one on the silver screen, while Obama, for a brief moment, took the shape of a superhero on the world stage.

Drawing on his own personal experience and examining the way that these two men have been embedded in our collective consciousness, Will Harris asks what they can teach us about race and heroism.
Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indo¬nesian heritage, born and based in London. His work has appeared in the Guardian, The Poetry Review, Poetry London and The White Review. In 2017 he released his debut collection All This is Implied (HappenStance, 2017), was a Guardian poet of the week, and featured in Bloodaxe s Ten Poets of the New Generation.