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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction

Authors: Jones, Esther L.

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Speculative fiction often shows the complicated and rather fraught history of medicine as it relates to black women. Through prominent writers like Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafor, and Nalo Hopkinson, Jones highlights how personal experiences of illness and disease frequently reflect larger societal sicknesses in connection to race and gender.

About the authors

Esther L. Jones is an Assistant Professor of English at Clark University, USA.

Reviews

"This is a work that invites all to 'eat salt together,' to understand the historical and sociopolitical complexities of black female difference that have affected and infected the national body politic. Jones's prescription is clear and fresh: black women's speculative fiction offers alternate epistemologies and methodologies for good physical and spiritual health." - Valerie Lee, Professor of English, The Ohio State University, USA

"Esther L. Jones shows how works of speculative fiction by Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafor, and Nalo Hopkinson offer theoretical insight into the misuses of medical science in authorizing social classifications such as race and gender by turning them into ostensibly biological categories. These works remind us to pay attention to how the invaluable insights of science can at the same time reinforce social hierarchies and, in so doing, offer potent challenges as they underscore the power of narrative to effect social transformation. Jones makes a compelling argument for the powerful contributions not only of speculative fiction, but of literary works generally to a cultural analysis that helps to move us toward more just and equitable social relations." - Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies, Duke University, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Jones, Esther L.

    Pages 1-40

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  • The Black Girl’s Burden: Eugenics, Genomics and Genocide in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling

    Jones, Esther L.

    Pages 41-61

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  • The Unbearable Burden of Culture: Sexual Violence, Women’s Power and Cultural Ethics in Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death

    Jones, Esther L.

    Pages 63-90

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  • Organ Donation, Mythic Medicine and Madness in Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring

    Jones, Esther L.

    Pages 91-112

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  • “I Mean to Survive”: Feminist Disability Theory and Womanist Survival Ethics in Octavia Butler’s Parables

    Jones, Esther L.

    Pages 113-143

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-52060-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51469-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137514691
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52060-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 190
Topics