Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)Ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction


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Duke University Press
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5.9 X 9.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Sami Schalk is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


"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" (8/3/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"Sami Schalk's highly anticipated Bodyminds Reimagined is the most significant contribution to literary and cultural disability studies in years. Appeals to scholars in critical race studies, queer studies, and social justice activism."--Anna L. Hinton "ASAP/Journal" (8/2/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"Sami Schalk's book is an important bridge between Black women's science fiction and disability theorizing. Her work requires a reconceptualization of the boundaries of disability studies and African American literature as well."--Moya Bailey "Feminist Formations" (10/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"Bodyminds Reimagined boldly demonstrates the capacity of black speculation and experimentation to generate world-building visions that are inclusive and sustainable for multiply marginalized black subjects."--Petal Samuel "Public Books" (10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"Bodyminds Reimagined is a compelling critical study . . . simultaneously accessible and complex, exhaustively sourced and fresh in its analysis. . . . Students, scholars, and fans of speculative fiction will be well served to familiarize themselves with this book."--Angela Rovak "Women's Studies" (10/8/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"Bodyminds Reimagined is an important work on theorizing speculative fiction and the ways in which it can change perceptions, actions, and minds. A model for future intersectional scholarship, this book is well written and accessible."--Joshua Earle "Catalyst" (4/1/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Wide-reaching. . . . Sami Schalk's version of intersectionality emphasizes multidimensional entanglements that resist visual charting and static notions of identity. This version of intersectionality serves as a launchpad for new social formations."--Gabriella Friedman "American Quarterly" (3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Bodyminds Reimagined encouraged me to check my own privilege, to think differently about identity, and to reimagine my small niche in the world. The book is that good in its confrontation of the status quo, in its analysis of marginalized peoples in estranged worlds. . . . When I refer to Schalk's Bodyminds Reimagined as groundbreaking, I do not mean this lightly. . . . All libraries should stock this book on their shelves."--Isiah Lavender III "Science Fiction Studies" (9/1/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Bodyminds Reimagined will appeal both to scholars and general readers. Schalk's framework is simplified in a way that makes it digestible for those who may be unfamiliar with crip theory or intersectionality. With a slim frame, and at only four chapters, the book is inviting rather than intimidating. Schalk's ability to sound both personable and professional is particularly enjoyable."--Anelise Farris "Extrapolation" (7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Sami Schalk, through Bodyminds Reimagined, takes a revolutionary step in defining the black disabled person's experience in literature and media by promoting examples of black disabled people in speculative fiction created by women of color; and by re-defining manifestations of intersectionality among disabled people of color." --Timotheus "T.J." Gordon, Jr. "Ethnic Studies Review" (3/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)