Kinship in the Fiction of N.K. Jemisin: Relations of Power and Resistance examines the work of N.K. Jemisin through the lens of critical kinship studies. In a world increasingly suffering the effects of climate change, currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, and where anti-democratic, racist, and misogynist movements are gaining ground in many societies, there is an urgent need to re-imagine our most intimate relations and the webs of kinship that form our societies, but also connect us to the more-than-human world. The essays in this collection shed new light on the ways in which Jemisin's fiction does such re-imaginative work and explores both the contemporary moment and the potential for a future that is other than our present.
Berit Åström is associate professor of English Literature at Umeå University, Sweden.
Jenny Bonnevier is senior lecturer of English at Örebro University, Sweden.
Part I Kinship and Agency
Chapter 1. Kinship Matters: Bodies and Power in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy
Chapter 2. Narcissist Fathers and Powered Daughters: Examining Narcissism and Gender in N. K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate
Alexandra Stamson andJennifer Ash
Chapter 3. Motherhood in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Novels: Resistant, Ruptured, Reconstituted
Chapter 4. In the Break: Formations of Orogene Childhood in N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season
Regina Yung Lee
Chapter 5. Intimate Instabilities: Reproducing Violence in N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy
Part II Kinship and Community
Chapter 6. The Ideal Community: Reading Orogeny through (Dis)ability Theory in N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season
Emily Lange and Megan Lynn Isaac
Chapter 7. “Like Any Living Thing Under Threat”: Kinship as a Radical Political Approach in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy
Chapter 8. Kinetic Energies: Charting Family Relations in NK Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy
Chapter 9. Monstrous Kin in N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy and Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix
Readers of N. K. Jemisin’s novels and essays know her as a fiercely intelligent observer and compelling storyteller. This wide-ranging collection is unified by its focus on Jemisin’s portrayals of kinship, a thread that runs through her work, including the multiple award-winning Broken Earth trilogy. In Jemisin’s fiction, family can be the worst enemy, and nonhuman entities can be our most important kin. Editors Bonnevier and Åström have brought together a distinguished group of contributors who invite us to read and ponder Jemisin’s sometimes scathing, always fascinating vision of humanity in all its relationships.