I've submitted two asks before this, so if more is against the rules feel free to not answer this one! But I'm slightly concerned about the premise of my novel, which is that the main character reincarnates through time. In her first life she's an Amorite, and at various points she's an Anglo-Saxon, an Ethiopian woman, a Heian-era noble, an Israeli Jew, a Japanese-American, etc. It's pretty central to the story's premise, but I'm worried that it amounts to erasure. Thoughts?
Reincarnation into Different Races
This sounds a lot like David Mitchell’s stuff (Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks). I don’t think it quite amounts to erasure, personally, but a) others may feel differently and b) if you did this, you’d have to do your research and be respectful…
I don’t think erasure is the problem you’ll be fighting against; I think it’s more like making sure it doesn’t feel like the character is cosplaying her personas instead of actually living them. Like when she wakes up as a modern day Japanese American, will she still carry the memories of what life as an Israeli Jew felt like? Will she be able to let go of what used to be her Jewishness? etc