Wendy Walker: My Man & Other Critical Fictions
Wendy Walker: My Man & Other Critical Fictions

Wendy Walker: My Man & Other Critical Fictions

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MY MAN AND OTHER CRITICAL FICTIONS MY MAN & OTHER CRITICAL FICTIONS is a collection of eight pieces by a daring literary explorer. Like the writings of Borges, or Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, Walker’s critical fictions examine other works of literature and explicitly make use of these earlier texts to create surprising insights and compelling stories. Walker is a reader of unflinching perspicacity whose critical fictions chart her responses to works by Joseph Conrad, Helen Adams, Olaudah Equiano, and Harry Mathews, as well as Anna Maria Ortese’s The Iguana, the pre-Shakespearean sources for Cordelia, and a whole archipelago of literary post-modernists. The critical fiction is a literary mode that takes as its subject another literary work and treats of that work’s construction, obsessions, and sources in narrative and poetic, rather than expository/critical terms.

WENDY WALKER is author of a modern masterpiece, The Secret Service (1992) ; a work of poetic non-fiction, Blue Fire (Proteotypes, 2009), exploring the case of Constance Kent ; and two collections of short fiction, The Sea-Rabbit, or, The Artist of Life (1988) and Stories out of Omarie (1995). With her husband, author Tom LaFarge, Walker directs the publishing side of the Proteus Gowanus Gallery/Reading Room in Brooklyn. She spends the winter months in a Latin American hill town. You’ve heard its name, Sulaco. She is at work on Sexual Stealing, an inquiry into the origins of British Gothic fiction in eighteenth-century Jamaica and Haiti. Walker writes and speaks with the imperturbable and mature calmness of an expert in possession of the facts, and her thinking is clear sunshine.