Cover of: Bodyminds reimagined | Samantha Dawn Schalk

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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 and disability studies, th author 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, the author shows how these works open up new social possibilities while changing conceptualizations of identity and oppression through nonrealist contexts.

Table of 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.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages [159]-174) and index.

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Body minds reimagined :
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PS153.N5 S33 2018

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x, 180 pages ;
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0822370735, 0822370883
9780822370734, 9780822370888
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