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‘A certain smoothness in day to day living. But never laughter’ – Josh Powell on Ann Quin

Josh Powell from Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy will be joining us to discuss Ann Quin’s Passages. Writing about Quin for the journal Textual Practice, Powell notes her interest in psychoanalytic theories, particularly the object relations theory of Melanie Klein.  The article, … Continue reading ‘A certain smoothness in day to day living. But never laughter’ – Josh Powell on Ann Quin

‘…the question is not only what madness might mean, but what it does.’ – Nonia Williams on Ann Quin

Guest host Nonia Williams from the University of East Anglia will be leading our discussion of Ann Quin this week and has written about Quin’s work in an article entitled About/of madness: Ann Quin’s The Unmapped Country for the journal Textual Practice. Throughout her life, … Continue reading ‘…the question is not only what madness might mean, but what it does.’ – Nonia Williams on Ann Quin

‘It’s about sending my mind off to some place it hasn’t been before.’

Get to know Octavia E. Butler before this week’s BookTalk, where we will cover her classic novel Kindred. In this wide-ranging interview from The Charlie Rose Show (‘…the nightly PBS program that engages America’s best thinkers‘) she discusses her (then) new book Parable of the … Continue reading ‘It’s about sending my mind off to some place it hasn’t been before.’

Sunken Place – Britney Henry on Black Science Fiction Narratives

Helping us to contextualise Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred next week will be Britney Henry from the University of Delaware. In a recent (and spoiler-packed) article for MPCA/ACA Popular Culture Studies Journal, ‘Prototype of Sunken Place: Reading Jordan Peele’s Get Out through Octavia Butler’s Kindred as … Continue reading Sunken Place – Britney Henry on Black Science Fiction Narratives