Changing Perceptions of Black Women in Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy
Photographer: Gus Bennett
Kinitra D. Brooks is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include contemporary African American and Afro-Caribbean literature, black feminism, and horror studies. Her monograph, Searching for Sycorax: Black Women Haunting Contemporary Horror , is forthcoming at Rutgers University Press in Fall 2017. Her short horror fiction collection, Sycorax's Daughters, co-edited with Susana M. Morris and Linda D. Addison at Cedar Grove Publishing is now available for purchase. Currently, she is working on a book-length exploration of black women writers and genre fluidity tentatively titled, Nalo, Nnedi, & Nora: Contemporary Black Women Writers Challenging Genre Normativity. She is also coediting a volume on black women and horror entitled Towards a Black Women’s Horror Aesthetic: Critical Frameworks with Susana M. Morris and Linda Addison. She has published articles in African American Review, Obsidian, and FEMSPEC .
Photographer: Don Hopkins
Scholarly examinations of speculative fiction have been a burgeoning academic field for more than twenty-five years, but there has been a distinct lack of attention to how attending to nonhegemonic positionalities transforms our understanding of the speculative. New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative addresses this oversight and promotes scholarship at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the speculative, engaging interdisciplinary fields of research across literary, film, and cultural studies that examine multiple pasts, presents, and futures. Of particular interest are studies that offer new avenues into thinking about popular genre fictions and fan communities, including but not limited to the study of Afrofuturism, comics, ethnogothicism, ethnosurrealism, fantasy, film, futurity studies, gaming, horror, literature, science fiction, and visual studies. New Suns particularly encourages submissions that are written in a clear, accessible style that will be read both by scholars in the field as well as by nonspecialists.
Book proposals can be submitted to the series editors, Susana M. Morris, Kinitra D. Brooks, or to the OSU Press acquisitions editor, Lindsay Martin.
I sat down with Dr. Kinitra D. Brooks and discussed her approach to academic discourse on black women and why it’s her purpose and passion to not only promote black women in horror, but to engage in analytical discussions of the “Black Women's Horror Aesthetic.” Nicole Givens Kurtz, interviewer.
Have you ever wondered how Dr. Brooks became interested in Black Women and Horror? Please read her interview with Ovations Magazine.