Category Archives: Guest Posts

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 »

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 »

On Deaf Literature

By | January 18, 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 Kristen Harmon, whose essay “Writing Deaf: Textualizing Deaf Literature” appears in the collection.… Read More »

A Stranger’s Journey

By | January 17, 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 David Mura, whose essay ‘On the Response to Junot Díaz’s “MFA vs. POC”‘ is featured in… Read More »

Theory as a Lens for Living

By | January 16, 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 Natasha Sajé, whose essay “The Politics of Literary Evaluation” is featured in the collection. I… Read More »