Kendra R. Parkeris assistant professor of African American Literature in the Department of Literature at Georgia Southern University
She Bites Back explores the ambiguous and contradictory nature of the vampire historically and as it appears in African American women’s fiction, particularly as these texts use the vampire to interrogate notions of black women’s sexuality, agency, and value in varied communities. . . Parker offers significant insight into the ways contemporary African American women writers reinvent possibilities for black women through evaluating and rejecting tired tropes, positing and practicing an ethics of care, and claiming the right to agency, power, and self-definition, but doing so not as a monolith but through inventive, imaginative diversity—not as an “age” but as a necessary, significant, and potentially transformative moment.