Category Archives: Guest Posts

Happy birthday, Raymond Carver!

By | May 25, 2019

Guest post by Tim Groenland Raymond Carver, who died in 1988, would have celebrated his 81st birthday today. In the years since his untimely passing, the continued spread of his work – the appearance of previously unpublished stories, new translations in multiple languages, adaptations and homages such as that found in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning… Read More »

Teffi and Her Daughters

By | May 21, 2019

Guest post by Edythe Haber “What do you think – will you be able to go and eat soupe à l’oignon to wildly celebrate your birthday?”  Valeria Grabovskaya wrote her mother, the Russian émigré writer Nadezhda Teffi, in April, 1952.  Valeria (more informally, Valya), a resident of London, did indeed come to Paris to be… Read More »

My Beckett: Alone Together

By | April 13, 2019

Guest post by Arka Chattopadhyay 13th April is Samuel Beckett’s birthday. This date takes me back in time to my undergraduate days. I was an English literature student in Presidency College, Kolkata, India. It was there in 2004 that my obsession with the Nobel Prize winning Irish writer Samuel Beckett began. Yes, let me call… Read More »

Happy birthday, Samuel Beckett!

By | April 13, 2019

Guest post by Dirk Van Hulle and Pim Verhulst Samuel Beckett came into the world on 13 April 1906. Not only was it a Friday the 13th, it was also a Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Christian Church commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary. To the superstitiously-minded, any life… Read More »

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 »