Bianka Szendrei, Ph.D. student, Doctoral School of Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Debrecen, does research in posthuman Blackness through the prism of Afrofuturism, intersectional feminism, queer theory, and critical race theory in contemporary African American artist Janelle Monáe’s oeuvre. She focuses on Monáe’s understanding of the Blackqueer experience from the perspective of cyborgs, androids, and computers by comparing Monáe’s two “eras” in Metropolis (2007), The ArchAndroid (2010), The Electric Lady (2013), and in Dirty Computer (2018). Her essay, “Memory Reclamation Through Emotional Connections in Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer (2018)” was recently published in the third volume of Cultures, Contexts, Identities, entitled Memory, Trauma, and the Construction of the Self (Partium, 2022).
Jordan-Zachery, Julia S. and Duchess Harris, eds. Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag: Twenty-First-Century Acts of Self-Definition. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2019. 216 pages, ISBN 9780816539536. Pbk. $19.95.