Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Schalk, Samantha Dawn, author.

Title Bodyminds reimagined : (dis)ability, race, and gender in black women's speculative fiction / Sami Schalk
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2018
Online access available from:
JSTOR eBooks    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (x, 180 pages)
Contents Metaphor and materiality: disability and neo-slave narratives -- Whose reality is it anyway? deconstructing able-mindedness -- The future of bodyminds, bodyminds of the future -- Defamiliarizing (dis)ability, race, gender, and sexuality
Summary In Bodyminds Reimagined Sami Schalk traces how black women's speculative fiction complicates the understanding of bodyminds--the intertwinement of the mental and the physical--in the context of race, gender, and (dis)ability. Bridging black feminist theory with disability studies, Schalk demonstrates that this genre's political potential lies in the authors' creation of bodyminds that transcend reality's limitations. She reads (dis)ability in neo-slave narratives by Octavia Butler (Kindred) and Phyllis Alesia Perry (Stigmata) not only as representing the literal injuries suffered under slavery, but also as a metaphor for the legacy of racial violence. The fantasy worlds in works by N.K. Jemisin, Shawntelle Madison, and Nalo Hopkinson--where werewolves have obsessive-compulsive-disorder and blind demons can see magic--destabilize social categories and definitions of the human, calling into question the very nature of identity. In these texts, as well as in Butler's Parable series, able-mindedness and able-bodiedness are socially constructed and upheld through racial and gendered norms. Outlining (dis)ability's centrality to speculative fiction, Schalk shows how these works open new social possibilities while changing conceptualizations of identity and oppression through nonrealist contexts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Gender identity in literature.
People with disabilities in literature.
Race in literature.
Speculative fiction -- 20th century -- Women authors -- History and criticism
American literature -- African American authors.
Behinderung Motiv
Gender identity in literature.
Geschlecht Motiv
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
People with disabilities in literature.
Race in literature.
Rasse Motiv
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism.
Literary criticism.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018000174
ISBN 0822371839