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Searching for Sycorax: Black Women's Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (Hardback)
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Searching for Sycorax: Black Women's Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 30/10/2017
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Searching for Sycorax highlights the unique position of Black women in horror as both characters and creators. Kinitra D. Brooks creates a racially gendered critical analysis of African diasporic women, challenging the horror genre's historic themes and interrogating forms of literature that have often been ignored by Black feminist theory. Brooks examines the works of women across the African diaspora, from Haiti, Trinidad, and Jamaica, to England and the United States, looking at new and canonized horror texts by Nalo Hopkinson, NK Jemisin, Gloria Naylor, and Chesya Burke. These Black women fiction writers take advantage of horror's ability to highlight U.S. white dominant cultural anxieties by using Africana folklore to revise horror's semiotics within their own imaginary. Ultimately, Brooks compares the legacy of Shakespeare's Sycorax (of The Tempest) to Black women writers themselves, who, deprived of mainstream access to self-articulation, nevertheless influence the trajectory of horror criticism by forcing the genre to de-centralize whiteness and maleness.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813584621
Number of pages: 216
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm


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"As an avid fan of science fiction, horror, and fantasy, I found Searching for Sycorax's interrogation of the erasure of black women in mainstream horror compelling, timely, and significant."--LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant "coeditor of Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry's Productions "
"Searching for Sycorax is unlike anything I have ever read. Brooks' excavation of Black women's presence in horror is a ground-breaking, game changing must read for scholars and aficionados alike." --Susana M. Morris "author of Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women's Literature "
Author Kinitra D. Brooks was featured in an article in The Cut on a similar issue of black women in popular culture, entitled "Beyonce Is the Leonardo da Vinci of Instagram."--Emilia Petrarca "TheCut.com "

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