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

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


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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.  
KINITRA D. BROOKS is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
Product Details ISBN: 9780813584614
ISBN-10: 0813584612
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: December 7th, 2017
Pages: 220
Language: English
"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

"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

Author Kinitra D. Brooks was featured in an article in The Cut on a similar issue of black women in popular culture, entitled "Beyoncé Is the Leonardo da Vinci of Instagram."
— Emilia Petrarca

"A deep exploration how Black women create horror that spawns a new knowledge of the genre that worries the intersections of race and gender to gain a better understanding, and continue the ongoing conversation as well as activity in the Black Women's Horror Renaissance."
— Graveyard Shift Sisters

"BOOK CORNER: Author highlights influence of black women in horror" by Marissa Wells
— LA Wave

"Discusses black women of the Americas and Britain as creators and characters in the horror genre."
— Chronicle

"Students tap into popular culture to explore theories of race and gender" Searching for Sycorax mention
— UTSA Today

"Why Are There So Many Bunnies in Scary Movies?" by Cady Lang - interview with  Dr. Kinitra D. Brooks
— Time

"Us Makes Us Look in the Mirror—What If We Don't Like What We See?," by Kinitra D. Brooks
— Elle

Mention in "#StokersSoWhite: 2016-2018, the fall of tokenism at the HWA"
— San Francisco Bay View