Great Expectations (reissue)

March 29, 2019|
Great Expectations (reissue) by Kathy Acker
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Kathy Acker’s practice of literary appropriation and pastiche made her notorious—as a rebel and a groundbreaker—whenGreat Expectations was first published in 1982. Here, she begins rewriting Charles Dickens’s classic—splicing it with passages from Pierre Guyotat’s sexually violentEden, Eden, Eden, among other texts—alongside Acker’s trademark pithy dialogue, as well as prank missives to the likes of Susan Sontag, Sylvère Lotringer, and God.

At the center of this form-shifting narrative, Acker’s protagonist collects an inheritance following her mother’s suicide, which compels her to revisit and reinterpret traumatic scenes from the past. Switching perspectives, identities, genders, and centuries, the speaker lustily ransacks world literature to celebrate and challenge the discourse around art, love, life, and death.
Kathy Acker (1948 – 1997) was an influential postmodernist writer and performance artist, whose many books includeBlood and Guts in High School; Don Quixote; Literal Madness; Empire of the Senseless; In Memoriam to Identity; My Mother: Demonology; Pussy, King of the Pirates; Portrait of an Eye; andRip-Off Red, Girl Detective.
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Title:Great Expectations (reissue)
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:144 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.41 in
Shipping dimensions:144 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.41 in
Published:March 29, 2019
Publisher:Grove/Atlantic
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780802128546

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