"Dreamland": Black Girls Saying and Creating Space through Fantasy Worlds

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The rampant murder of Black women and girls in the United States proves that this place is not safe for them. In fact, it is questionable whether any space currently known can be safe when antiblackness and misogynoir are interwoven into the fabric of our world. For this reason, researchers must explore the unbound landscapes Black girls create for themselves in fantastic narratives. In this article, I examine the fantasy short stories of two Black middle school girls who participated in a writing workshop to explore how they resisted spatial control by creating new worlds they had the power to construct and dismantle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-33
Number of pages17
JournalGirlhood Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Black girl cartography
  • Black girlhood
  • Black ratchet imagination
  • saying space
  • social geography
  • speculative fiction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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