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

  • Esther L. Jones
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


As I have attempted to demonstrate, the problematic ethics featured in black women’s speculative writing often hinge upon the ways in which groups fail to relate humanely across perceived differences. The power differential between a black girl or woman trying to survive and her persecutors is rarely equal. Thus, in both Fledgling and Who Fears Death, the capacity to survive and enact change comes through the will and actions of women reconfiguring their relationship with the dominant establishment. Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring shifts the focus to intracultural gender politics and how these dynamics affect intercultural exploitation through the knotty medical ethics of organ donation.


Organ Donation Knowledge Production Black Body Black Girl Early Modern Period 
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