forthcoming publication

A critical essay of mine appears in the inaugural issue of a new triannual festschrift celebrating the work of lesser-known European writers, published by Verbivoracious Press. This first issue fêtes Christine Brooke-Rose, an innovative British writer, critic, and theorist who played with language and form in her fiction, often employing constraints to assist in thematic exploration. My essay discusses her treatment of language ambiguity in the novel Xorandor, a story in which two precocious preteen twins narrate their discovery of and subsequent interactions with a rock-like being that is feeding on the nuclear waste stored at a facility managed by their father. The 320-page issue includes a wide range of responses to Brooke-Rose’s work, including homage, parody, imitation, and analysis. Copies of the festschrift in hardcover, paperback, special hand-made edition, and via eBook subscription are available for order here. The issue will be published on March 21st, 2014, the two-year anniversary of Christine’s death.

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  1. Wonderful! Congratulations!

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  2. taidgh

     /  March 14, 2014

    Excellent! I’ll check this out for sure. I’ve got to get back into reading – a good place to start I think. All the best!

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    • Thanks, Taidgh. I have an advance reading copy and it looks really good, but I’m waiting to get a print copy before I read too far.

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      • taidgh

         /  April 10, 2014

        I got my hands on a copy yesterday. Looking great so far!

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        • Glad to hear it. I’ve been slowly working my way through. It’s inspiring to see such varied and original responses to her work.

  3. Mariel

     /  April 12, 2014

    Congratulations! (sorry you’re no longer on gr. You’ll be missed but on to other writerly things is great!!)

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