Giselle Liza Anatol

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - English
Director of Graduate Studies
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 3001
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


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., 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

Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

  • Caribbean literature
  • African diaspora literature
  • Popular culture
  • Harry Potter series
  • Twilight series
  • Vampire literature

Selected Publications

Anatol, Giselle Liza. "“The Soucouyant, and Other Bloodsucking, Skin-Shedding Female Monsters”." Listening to Our Monsters. Spec. issue of Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion & Culture 52.3 (Fall 2017): 191-198.

Anatol, Giselle Liza. ""_Brown_Girl_Dreaming_: A Ghost Story in the Postcolonial Gothic Tradition"." Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Special Issue on Genre and Black Literature. Spec. issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly 41.4 (Winter 2016): 403-419.

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

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