As a professor of English at the University of Kansas (Lawrence), Giselle Liza Anatol currently teaches classes on Caribbean literature, African-diaspora literature—including Black Speculative Fiction—and writing for young people. She has earned a Frances L. Stiefel Teaching Professorship in English (2021-2024), KU’s 2016 Ned Fleming Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2011 English graduate student organization Mabel S. Fry Teaching Award, and a Conger-Gabel Teaching Professorship (2001-2004). In 2011, Anatol published Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon, an edited collection of essays by an international array of scholars. Her co-authored chapter in the volume tackled literal and allegorical representations of race and ethnicity in Stephenie Meyer’s series. The vampire theme crosses over from Anatol’s study of young adult literature to her analysis of oral tales and literature by people of African descent: The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora was released in 2015 (Rutgers University Press). In it, Anatol deliberates on the complex meanings of a network of stories about the Trinidadian soucouyant, “Old Higue” from Guyana, Suriname’s azeman, and other blood- and soul-sucking beings. Anatol has been invited to submit work on the topic of Black vampires to a variety of publications; she has also edited two volumes of essays on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series—Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (2003) and Reading Harry Potter Again: New Critical Essays (2009)—co-edited a special double-issue on “The Unexpected Caribbean” for the journal Women, Gender, and Families of Color (forthcoming Summer 2021 and Fall 2021), and published articles on writing by authors such as Nalo Hopkinson, Jamaica Kincaid, Jacqueline Woodson, Derek Walcott, and Langston Hughes.
Find Giselle on Twitter at @GiselleAnatol.