Giselle Liza Anatol

Giselle Anatol
  • Professor
  • Director, J Wayne and Elsie M Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction
  • Interim Director, Hall Center for the Humanities
  • English

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall 3001
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Anatol's primary fields of interest are Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Literature, especially 20th- and 21st-century women's writing, African American Literature, and Children's and Young Adult Literature, particularly representations of race, ethnicity, and gender in narratives for young people.


Ph.D. in English, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
B.A., Yale University, College of Arts and Sciences


Research interests:

  • Caribbean literature
  • African diaspora literature
  • Popular culture
  • Vampire literature
  • Speculative Fiction (sci fi, fantasy, horror, etc.)


Teaching interests:

  • Caribbean literature
  • African American literature
  • Children's and young adult literature

Selected Publications

Anatol, G. L. (2017). “The Soucouyant, and Other Bloodsucking, Skin-Shedding Female Monsters” . Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, & Culture 52(3), 191-198.

Anatol, G. L. (2016). "_Brown_Girl_Dreaming_: A Ghost Story in the Postcolonial Gothic Tradition". Children's Literature Association Quarterly41(4), 403-419.

Anatol, G. L. (2015). The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.