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Bodyminds Reimagined : (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction - Sami Schalk

Bodyminds Reimagined

(Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction

Hardcover Published: 26th March 2018
ISBN: 9780822370734
Number Of Pages: 192

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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.

"It is now time to bring focus and attention to the works of Black women speculative writers and their subjects. Bodyminds Reimagined becomes the discovery that celebrates these writers and subjects, while challenging the status quo within speculative fiction and (dis)ability studies, and moves them from marginalized objects to realist representations." -- Grace Gipson * Black Perspectives *

Prologue and Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Metaphore and Materiality: Disability and Neo-Slave Narratives 2. Whose Reality Is It Anyway? Deconstructing Able-Mindedness 3. The Future of Bodyminds, Bodyminds of the Future 4. Defamiliarizing (Dis)ability, Race, Gender, and Sexuality Conclusion Notes References Index

ISBN: 9780822370734
ISBN-10: 0822370735
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 26th March 2018
Publisher: Duke University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4