From problem child to perfection: Alice in Wonderland as Fancy Dress Option

By | March 7, 2019

Guest post by Kiera Vaclavik In the final anguished hours before this year’s World Book Day, wild-eyed parents across the land will be casting around for viable costumes. A firm favourite year in year out, and adopted by my friend’s daughter Liberty pictured to the left here, is of course Alice in Wonderland. Alice ticks… Read More »

I have good news and bad news

By | March 6, 2019

Guest post by Andrew Bomback We had friends over for brunch. Because they’re doctors, inevitably the conversation turned to medicine. I don’t remember how we got on the subject of nurses, but somehow we did, and we were all trying to out-do each other’s bad nursing stories. My wife, Xenia, won: “I had finally convinced… Read More »

Literary Citizenship at the AWP Conference

By | February 27, 2019

Guest post by Lori A. May Every year, between 12-15,000 writers gather at the annual conference for AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs). That may seem like a daunting crowd even for extroverts. Yet, what I’ve learned over the years is that the AWP conference is exactly what you make of it. That may… Read More »

Bloomsbury Handbooks and Companions

By | February 19, 2019

“The “Handbook” and “Companion” markets, in literary studies at least, have been dominated for many years in the UK by the top three university presses – Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. Bloomsbury Academic, however, is set to challenge this triumvirate.” – Times Literary Supplement Bloomsbury Literary Studies has been working to bring scholars new, cutting-edge reference… Read More »

Happy birthday, Bertolt Brecht!

By | February 10, 2019

Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10, 1898. To celebrate the 121st anniversary of his birth, Tom Kuhn explores some of his unfinished works. On Brecht’s birthday let’s remember how contentious, how provocative and just how contemporary his writings are! Most people know him above all as the author of The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage… Read More »

Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing

By | February 6, 2019

Guest post by Laura Jansen The idea for a series on Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing (CRTW) first came into being in 2015. Early that year, I was intrigued when Alice Wright from Bloomsbury Publishing asked me if I would like to direct a monograph series which combined my interests in modernist classicisms with Reception… Read More »

Adventures in Theory: how to teach our new anthology

By | January 23, 2019

Calvin Thomas offers two sample syllabi for incorporating Adventures in Theory: A Compact Anthology and Ten Lessons in Theory: An Introduction to Theoretical Writing into your literary theory course. I: Syllabus for a sixteen week course in Contemporary Critical Theory that would use Adventures in Theory as sole text. Introductions Editor’s Introduction: Gearing Up For… Read More »

Writing the Impossible Possible

By | January 20, 2019

This week we’re celebrating the publication of Critical Creative Writing: Essential Readings on the Writer’s Craft, a comprehensive introduction to the key debates in creative writing today, from the ethics of appropriation to the politics of literary evaluation. Today’s post is from Barrie Jean Borich, whose essay “The Craft of Writing Queer” appears in the… Read More »