Category Archives: Guest Posts

100 years after Kafka

By | June 3, 2024

Guest post by Michelle Woods, Associate Professor of English at The State University of New York, New Paltz, USA. When his friend, Robert Klopstock broke a tongue depressor checking Kafka’s throat, Kafka wrote “If I should go on living, you’ll break another ten on me.” Kafka died weeks later on June 3rd, 1924, in a… Read More »

Living in the Teratocene: Bad Places, Dreadful Times

By | March 17, 2024

Guest post by Robert T. Tally Jr., author of The Fiction of Dread At the beginning of the twentieth century, dystopian fiction was arguably a minor, recessive, or even non-existent genre, while utopian visions seemed to predominate and proliferate. This is not to say that there were no dystopias being produced, and to the extent… Read More »

Descartes’s Stove

By | March 12, 2024

Guest post by Hsuan L. Hsu, author of Air Conditioning Because they were available long before artificial cooling, heating technologies are at the center of many early Western writings that reflect the cultural underpinnings of thermal comfort and air conditioning. Among the most eloquent examples of ambient temperature as a precondition for thought is the… Read More »

When Mountains Go Missing

By | March 11, 2024

Guest post by Jennifer Sinor, author of The Yogic Writer: Uniting Breath, Body, and Page Four months ago, I thought I had lost a mountain. I opened my door, one morning in September, and it was gone. A shape I knew as well as the sky—its elephantine folds, razor ridgeline, sides that ran red in… Read More »

Intersecting Genre: A Skills-based Approach to Creative Writing

By | October 3, 2023

Guest post by Jason Olsen When I was developing as a creative writer, I was always interested in writing in as many genres as I could. The thing is, I never thought of those genres as being anything but independent of each other. When I took a undergraduate fiction writing class, I not only didn’t… Read More »

On the Idea of a Handbook to the Works of J. M. Coetzee: ‘Preposterous [?]’

By | October 2, 2023

Guest post by Andrew van der Vlies and Lucy Valerie Graham If assembling a collection purporting to be a readers’ companion to the work of any author is a difficult undertaking – will it be up to date on publication? for how long afterwards? how comprehensive can one reasonably suggest the contents will be? – initiating… Read More »

Selected Stories of Katherine Mansfield

By | September 27, 2023

Guest post by Todd Martin While one cannot really know the mind of the author—and perhaps an author doesn’t fully know her own mind in the moment of creation—notes, manuscripts, and letters provide traces of intent. Insisting on the agency of the author of a work, Sally Bushell establishes some parameters for aligning the potential… Read More »

Fear of Fungi: From William Hope Hodgson to The Last of Us, and Vice-Versa

By | September 25, 2023

Guest post by Timothy S. Murphy We can probably all agree to call 2020 and 2021 the “COVID years,” but what to call 2022 and 2023 remains an open question. I’ve got no favorite for 2022, but although 2023 is not yet over, I’m leaning toward calling it the Year of the Fungi. The first… Read More »

Dorothea Brande and Alternate History

By | August 15, 2023

Guest post by Jack Dann I think that most professional writers are well acquainted with the idea of synchronicity…of meaningful coincidences. I certainly am! In fact, I experienced a bit of it when the good folks at Bloomsbury asked me to write something for the Literary Studies blog about my new book, The Fiction Writer’s… Read More »

A Life-Changing Encounter with Bulgarian Literature

By | July 12, 2022

Guest post by Dimitar Kambourov I embarked on the project of compiling and editing Bulgarian Literature as World Literature for various reasons. Some of them – like increasing the visibility of Bulgarian literature and provoking curiosity about it worldwide – were uninspiringly important. Others happened to be a continuation of my life-long endeavor to read… Read More »