Petal Samuel

Petal Samuel

is a scholar of Afro-Caribbean literature and Caribbean anticolonial thought, politics, and aesthetics.


About Petal Samuel

Petal Samuel is a scholar of Afro-Caribbean literature and Caribbean anticolonial thought, politics, and aesthetics. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Articles about Petal Samuel

Articles by Petal Samuel

Sami Schalk Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction

Black Speculation, Black Freedom

Schalk’s captivating and transformative study challenges us to view the fictional worlds, characters, and ‘bodyminds’ generated within black women’s speculative fiction as more than mere escapist fantasy. Instead, the genre issues ‘politically astute’ commentary on our world, challenging the ‘supposedly fixed and knowable nature’ of race, gender, and (dis)ability and helping us to imagine marginalized groups outside of the dominant social and political scripts attached to them.