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The Church Wellesley Village is home of the ground-breaking inclusive community centre The which has over 80 community-led social, recreational, arts, and cultural programs including the youth writing program Pink Ink and OUTwrites, a space for queer writers and literature workshops for queer participants. Aside from WorldPride featuring spoken word events, singer-songwriters, drag artists, dance, and burlesque performances across 10 open air stages, the youth programs Fruit Loopz and Black Queer Youth and the family friendly zone Family Pride will provide entertainment for visitors of all ages.

A free street-fair and Arts and Culture Festival will also take place from June In a society where gender is often still considered a binary divide, people identifying themselves by unique definitions often fall through the cracks. Enter Terry Tomey, protagonist of Rough Paradise , who is an intersex teen born as Theresa but longing to legally change his name to Terence and live as a man.

Though Terry knows he is meant to be a boy, his attempts to live truthfully are constantly frustrated by a closed-minded community that chooses to ostracize rather than understand diversity. The two form an unlikely bond as best friends, confidantes, lovers, and the only support system each other has.

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When his blossoming relationship with Darla culminates in several intense erotic encounters, Terry experiences pleasure but also confusion and shame at his body, a universal experience of adolescence magnified further by the humiliation imposed on Terry by his parents and doctor. Informative, entertaining, and highly relatable despite its exceptional subject matter, Rough Paradise manages to cut to the core of the adolescent experience while addressing important social issues. Over fifty literature enthusiasts including supportive friends, family, and fellow writers gathered to hear readings from first time novella-ists Alec Butler and Robert Shoub as well as a reading from poet Phlip Arima.

Alec Butler then read from his compelling first novella Rough Paradise about an Intersex teen struggling with self-discovery in a conservative small town. Robert Shoub followed Butler with a reading from his novella Look at Me , a bold and blunt satire about technology, violence, and the struggle of many contemporary youth with masculine identity. Quattro Books would like to thank its May authors for contributing to a successful evening of poetry and fiction as well as other Quattro Authors who came along to support the press on this special occasion.

The first day I met Darla and spoke to her, I was trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. I was not having any luck lying low and I stuck out like a sore thumb wherever I went. I was trying to save a starving cat that was hanging out in the school parking lot.

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I watched Darla as she put on her red lipstick in the side-view mirror of a souped- up Duster. A Pussy Boy! Pussy is the beautiful calico cat I was trying to save that day. Pussy finally came out from under the cars that morning before first period. I was determined to save her. It was also the first time I spoke to Darla. It was the first time Darla spoke to me.

Because of Darla, the starving cat finally let me feed her some of my tuna sandwich and pet her. I will never forget Pussy arching her back into my hand, purring as I looked up at Darla as she put away her lipstick. Now, Pussy lives with me, here in my room. Sleeps on my bed. I love my pussycat. It will be impossible saying goodbye to her. In the past month, the literary community bid farewell to three authors who produced a lifetime of critically acclaimed and universally recognized work. Mowat also left a legacy decorated with Canadian literary awards and a ship named in his honour.

MacLeod was known for being a perfectionist, and his eye for detail shows through in his work. Farley Mowat achieved fame with books chronicling life in the Canadian North and his advocacy for environmental causes. An outpouring of public tributes combining grief and admiration were seen for these writers, demonstrating the immense impact their words have had on the world. Though they may not have lived the type of fast-paced, anxiety-riddled writerly existence glamourize in film and popular fiction, these gentlemen of words prove that longevity and commitment to craft are the true marks of an artist.

Did you know that Latin has shaped sixty percent of all English words? Or that today there are over million native speakers worldwide of Romantic languages derived from Latin? These are just a few of the many facts about the Latin language and its continued influence that can be found in this delightful treatise on communication in the modern age. Cleopatra begins with a single father setting out to connect with his teenaged daughter, injecting himself into her daily life by undertaking the study of Latin, one of her tenth grade electives. Visit the Events section of our website for more information.

So, my happy family. Lots of those. She also flips a lot of properties herself — buys them, gets her crew to work them over for a month or two, then resells them for more.

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Way more. She carries mace and a small caliber gun — I think a. Plus it had a fully equipped digital front projection theatre with a twenty-foot screen, popcorn machine, the whole place wired for sound with hidden speakers, sauna wired for audio, heated garage, wine cellar — man, why would anybody sell that?

Goodbye world, see you later. What else do you need? Maybe just because I could. It just felt kind of cool. So, anyways, now I have this drawer filled with ashtrays and cutlery and fridge magnets and shells and pens and even a few photos. Sometimes I make up little stories in my mind about all these people. What their lives were like. I went with my mom to one house that was done in this real clean way, all granite and glass, everything grey and shiny.

Metal and stone. Very classy. Very cool. Kind of like our place. In one room they actually had a tree, like a huge tree trunk going from the floor to the ceiling, with branches and everything — no leaves though. Get this — it was coated in plastic sealant. It had little photos in plastic sleeves hanging from the branches — I took one. I called this thing the Tree of Wishes and made up a story about how the tree had magic in it, how in ancient times people would come to make wishes for their future and leave things in a hole in the trunk.

The people who lived in this house had heard about this. When they bought the property they decided to put the tree inside their house, and preserve it forever, and the photos were their way of making their wishes. But the gods were angry at them for cutting the tree down, so the whole family died in a fiery car accident … or something like that.

Next our Quattro authors took to the stage with Christopher Levenson treating the audience to a selection of poems from his new collection Night Vision. Quattro Books would like to thank its April authors for contributing to a successful evening of poetry and literary non-fiction as well as other Quattro Authors who came along to support the press on this special occasion.

Thank you to everyone who came down to Supermarket and assisted in making this event a success! We look forward to seeing you at our next launch on May 28th, ! Despite my commitment to the task of recovering the importance of darkness, I am as delighted as anyone when the light returns to defeat the dark at the spring equinox.

Briefly, they are equal partners; but then, the light stretches its long arms and pushes back the dark. Naturally, I follow, shedding my winter clothing and stretching more freely with the extending days.

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The city streets and parks fill up with people walking, running, playing, throwing frisbees, kicking balls, happy dogs scampering after them. Lolling on grassy slopes, I join the human throng, longing in sympathy with the blazing yellow forsythia and the ruby red tulips, rising with shocking beauty and confidence from the warming earth.

Spring at last. According to ancient pagan correspondences, spring is generally associated with the element of air. This may be because for our ancient, European ancestors, the central male divinity was symbolically tied to the growing and dying vegetation. His fate, therefore, was directly linked to the solar cycle, which is also why he is sometimes identified with the sun itself.

In spring, with the lengthening of the days and the warming of the nights, the air itself seems to grow in prominence. Our bodily attunement to the season seems to confirm this. The days are not only getting longer, but somehow wider, as if the surrounding world were expanding and we with it. The shedding of our winter clothing means the air can touch our skin, warm breezes awakening our sensuous connection to the elements. I have always had great difficulty commemorating the crucifixion of Christ right in the middle of spring and the exquisite flowering of the earth.

Although I am no longer a practicing Catholic, I still experience Good Friday as a somber day, set against the incongruous backdrop of chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. For like most other holiday celebrations, the dominant symbols and rituals, though detached and rootless, always hark back to our pagan ancestry.

The bunnies and eggs, for example, relate back to an ancient, European fertility Goddess called Eostre, whose symbol was the hare; the eggs, symbols of fertility and rebirth, are associated with the maiden Goddess of spring. One of her electives, she informed me nonchalantly between munches of whole-wheat toast and sips of cinnamon tea, would be Latin.

As her father, I naturally think that she is beautiful and talented and wise, but I was startled to learn that in our era consumed with that which it is nourished by: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and continuous text messaging Latin was even an option at her local public high school. Do I need a reason? I think it will be fun. A bunch of my friends are also taking Latin next year. Even with the technological benefit of wireless GPS, accompanied by a standard-issue internal compass, a parent is always on the lookout for unmarked paths and mislabeled routes that must be negotiated.

One small, cunning example of this: riding back on the subway from our first trip to her orthodontist, Siobhan looked across at a poster advertising a crisis hotline for kids in trouble. There is help. As a former English major who has wandered among books and writers — including a few ancient authors, all in translation, of course — I decided that it might be fun to accompany her on this year-long linguistic adventure, despite the evident navigational hazards. It might help spark my sympathies for this foundational language, might inspire some random reading of a few great writers, and might provide me the opportunity to read about early Roman history and perhaps even consider if there were historical lessons that could be applied to our Internet-infused age.

Would I get in her way by being too parentally pedantic? Would I embarrass her more than I usually do in front of her friends? Would my language acquisition skills my grey matter is already turning hard and crusty be able to keep up with her language acquisition skills hers is still refreshingly soft and malleable? Would we still be talking to each other at the end of the school year? I had, as usual, more questions and doubts than answers.

For anybody seeking honest, compelling images of living through the Blitz, working in war torn and flood-ravaged countries, and striving for political change, Levenson has produced a masterpiece of narrative whose haunting imagery encourages the reader to take a moment and consider what humanity seeks to accomplish with its continued glorification of war and efficiency. As the collection continues, Levenson examines violence on TV, the regeneration of destroyed cities, and the narrow divide between human and animal, drawing parallels between old and new, innocence and experience, good and evil, and inviting us to examine the thin line between these worlds.

Night Vision takes its title from the night vision goggles worn by soldiers to see through the darkness to destroy and kill as well as from the political and ecological night that threatens humankind. With beautiful, thought-provoking language Levenson paints pictures of life in Europe, Canada, and Central America in both the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, inviting readers to question the global respect for rationalism which has bought about so much destruction.

Night Vision is filled with beautiful and compelling poems and is rife with poignant observations of human pain and loss. On May 30, Chapters former flagship store at John and Richmond Streets will close its doors to the public, making it the sixth in a chain of bookstore closures in the GTA this year alone. The closure of bookstores across Canada is nothing new, as less than independent booksellers and bookstores remain across Canada as more people purchase their literature online and in the form of e-books.

This begs the question: will print culture survive in the age of technology? However, I would also argue that e-books are disposable, easy to overlook amongst the dizzying clutter of files and folders on any device, and often inaccessible to those without access to the internet or who do not have a credit card or PayPal account. Printed books, on the other hand, remain accessible to all whether in a bookstore or library, and can be passed from hand to hand in a trail of words. Books demand to be acknowledged, to be picked up and leafed through. They require space on a shelf, and the physical investment of mind and body which is so rare in our internet age.

Though large shops are closing down, smaller stores — including those in the Book City and Chapters families — remain open. Perhaps a return to the small, localized book shop is on the horizon. Either way, books are here to stay. I found the Y a loudly congenial place, as it was about to go off, pending the day when methadone users would outnumber Methodists. At twenty-one dollars a week, however, the rent was more than I could afford. When one of the reporters at the Intel left town, I was able to assume her spot in a communal apartment in the old flat-iron building at Main and South Streets, between the newsroom and the cavernous railway freight sheds by the river.

Five of us lived there for what one or two persons might have expected to pay for other accommodations of equivalent squalor. A determining factor in the price was the way that one could reach the place only by passing through the premises of the business that occupied the ground floor. The establishment was called the Stark Artificial Limb Company. We had latchkeys and at night would grope our way across the showroom in the dark, bumping wooden legs and other such prostheses.

I marvel now at how busy I was and to so little purpose. No doubt it was partly to put emotional distance between Mother and myself that I ran everywhere and took part in everything, though beneath the desperation, I believe, was a real sense of joy at being able to indulge an appetite for experience. The war dominated the news and reaction to it was becoming the central element in the arts, whether boldly stated or not, and I entered into a stage, lasting perhaps a dozen years, when I felt completely attuned to the rhythms of the popular culture even though I was not a direct consumer of its goods.

All through that period, for example, I never had a stereo or even a radio but knew all of the music intimately, as though some generational organ inside me had sucked it in from the atmosphere and drawn it through my pores. Looking back, I seem to have been balanced on the moment, living in past and present alike, nocturnally and in daylight. I was sick, frightened and disgusted most of the time, but strangely I was never more open to experience.

Walking up and down, huddled inside a reefer coat from the army surplus store, you got somewhat the same feeling you get in England, the sense that history lies in layers beneath your feet. What set it apart was its improbable innocence. One of these was the occupation of the East Village.

The New Wave was under way there. You could see it in the rejection of gentleness and in the violence that informed the happenings, the light shows and most of all the street life. I had a routine because I had a mission. Each morning, before the lack of sleep disabled me, I would ascend Fifth Avenue to the main public library at Forty-second Street and study the Canadiana there.

In time I got to the point of maintaining a correspondence with a few Canadian writers. Now, sitting in the library, sometimes taking pills to help me stay awake in the impossibly overheated reading room, I deepened my commitment to learning Canadian politics, economics, culture — the works. The abiding tradition of anti-Americanism always present deep down in the public if not always pursued by cowardly governments, was one I found especially attractive, though I was careful not to let my own enthusiasm shape my curriculum. For the only time in my life, I was a serious pupil in addition to being a good student.

The place seemed haphazardly run, with erratic schedules, inconsistent design, almost non-existent promotion. Yet we were the new attractions at the zoo, drawing large crowds, and the media had to pay close attention even though they had never seen such animals before. Incredible though this may sound today, the big newspapers rushed to do full-page stories on us.

A few other small presses on the scene were engaged in interesting publishing too.

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Talonbooks was in the process of emerging from Talon, the little magazine, and there was another Vancouver press of some importance: Very Stone House, which the poets Patrick Lane and Seymour Mayne had started in But Very Stone House tapered off after a while, as Pat roamed restlessly around the country, haunted in some measure, I think, by the tragically early death of his elder brother, the poet Red Lane. Towards the end, the Very Stone House publications were chapbooks or folded broadsides under the imprint Very Stone House in Transit, put out from wherever Pat happened to be — logging in B.

The most important underground press prior to Anansi had started in when Stan Bevington and a number of others opened Coach House Press in Toronto, on Bathurst Street below Dundas in a perfectly nice slum, which an overly officious government later razed for a park. Bevington, a printer, had red hair and wore a big beard, and was friendly in a slow-moving non-specific way — and equally so to everyone. His interest was in handsetting type and keeping his old Linotype in operating condition.

The Coach House logo, then and later, was a cast-iron platen press with an enormous fly-wheel, and in those days he actually printed on the press from which the image had been made. Later, in the s, Bevington made a complete volte-face, suddenly abandoning the traditions of the craft for the vanguard of computer-generated graphic arts. The switch was probably coincidental to the emergence of Coach House as one of the primary institutions of what would later be prevailing orthodoxy, but the two events were parallel in time.

High winds up there. Down here after a close day, relief. A few lamps cautiously peer into encroaching darkness. Come what may, I am at ease making my peace with night. People are on display here. These cities become me. Levenson will also be reading in Ottawa and Kingston at the end of April. While Canada is doing well for itself with over a dozen poetry awards distributed annually, in comparison to honours given for literature and non-fiction in both Canada and worldwide, recognition for our thriving poetry community is severely lacking. But poetry, which was once the most popular art form during the days of the Romantics, was never meant to be inaccessible and indecipherable.

Our ancestors gathered around the fire and tried to communicate with mysteries bigger than themselves. Natasha Trethewey, former U. The League of Canadian Poets as well as small presses like Quattro are doing what we can to ensure poetry will always have a place in Canadian culture, and there is no better time to get involved than during National Poetry Month.

I really enjoyed this book. I really liked it. Yes, I am an adult, and yes this is an original fairy tale by the beyond talented David Day. It pulls you almost instantly into a world where the music of a simple instrument, can cast a spell as bewitching as an enchanted forest. The protagonist is a young flute player named Kung who is mild and even tempered until his uncle is tricked and taken away by sorcerers with evil intentions. Kung follows his uncle and on the ways encounters a dragon, an enchanted forest, a beautiful and wise princess and an emperor with an unusual collection.

Balance, not conflict. Overcome evil with reason, not with force. Taking the time to slow down and think allows Kung to defeat a great evil and reunite with his good friend panda. I wonder what kind of place the world would be if we all slowed down just a little and took the time to think a bit more. Perhaps this story is meant for children, but perhaps there are some adults who could use to indulge in a fairy tale too. The biggest surprise was how much I learned by reading it. It was smart, and fast paced and I feel like I learned about relationships between Israel and Palestine in a way I had never considered before.

Against a fictional backdrop, the issues took on a different and new meaning for me and painted a picture of a part of the world I had, admittedly, not wholly understood before. In many ways, a book that can open your eyes and show a reader something new, is a wonderful gift. I was also drawn to the heroine, a strong and steadfast intelligent woman, weaving her story and herself through the London underground in an attempt to solve a mystery and a murder. I am, however, so pleased to have read it!

It was a refreshing take on the mystery, crime, and thriller spy novel and kept me guessing until the end. Despite his rescinding his comment on the grounds of being drunk, the idea is one worth considering. If we rely on government grants to produce art, does this mean that the integrity of that art is compromised in order to accommodate, or not risk offending, the patron? There are numerous examples of edgy and interesting Canadian writers and publishers who continue to push boundaries.

So there you have it! Should a book be preferred for publication if it lacks originality but caries a big name? Or do we take chances with something smaller that might pack that punch that Shteyngart is looking for? Original article HERE. KC: The only time I have been silenced in my life was when I was a small child, or, occasionally, when I was a young woman living abroad—that naturally happened while I was learning different languages. It also happened because I was female. And that silencing helped me to identify with all people, children and adults, who struggle against various mechanisms of oppression.

Shutting people up is one way of oppressing them, obviously. But I love how people always keep talking. If we had listened to them, perhaps there would not be dozens, hundreds of missing Aboriginal women in Canada. Or perhaps we might have arrested and imprisoned the sick men who are murdering them with shocking impunity. If we listened well to the stories of abused children, perhaps we, the adults of the world, would not allow other adults to abuse more children sexually in order to make pornography.

Did you read about that last ring, broken by the Toronto police? An international porn ring, with teachers and doctors and nurses and community leaders in on the fun. To hear depressing true stories on the news is one thing; listening to a living individual is another. That is one of the great works of poetry: it can listen in a devout and human way. Sometimes it can witness, and poetry that witnesses has always moved me because of the circumstances of my own life, both here and abroad.

But beyond witnessing, poetry provides a room, a chamber for listening. Poetry can respond to what is going on in this world, in this country, in this city, in your city, on my street. The poet can bring the world into this room; she can bring any human voice into our range. They do. I know because I sometimes read their blogs and web pages and chat with them in person. Sex-workers, especially, of all stripes, have become organized and articulate in the last twenty years. It was brave, articulate, smart sex workers who challenged those outdated and discriminatory laws.

Still, there are many people who do not write things down, who do not or cannot speak out loud. Many stories are lost or hidden or denigrated—unlistened to—by the wider culture. Learning from them, allowing them equal space in my cluttered brain. Loving those voices. I have spent half my life speaking imperfectly in other languages. When it comes to communicating, perfection is not the point.

In Turkey, carpet-weavers are instructed to weave a flaw into their designs, so as not to insult God by trying to be perfect. What great instruction for any artist. In fact, it cannot be perfect because perfection is inhuman. What does that mean, especially with this new book? It means I might say it wrong, but I will dare to say it. Check out the full interview HERE. Dear Quattro friends,. It is with mixed feelings that I announce that after four years with Quattro Books, I am leaving my position as Assistant Publisher to pursue another opportunity.

While the new challenges ahead excite me, Quattro is not a job I can easily leave precisely because it is more than a job: it is home, it is family. Four years ago, I finished my degree, packed the uncertainties of my future up with all my worldly possessions and caught a Greyhound bus to Toronto. I had no plans and no direction; I only knew that I wanted to keep reading, keep writing, and work with books.

Much to my good fortune, my writing professor, Seymour Mayne, had put me in contact with a certain Beatriz Hausner of the publisher Quattro Books, for whom I might have a chance to intern. I am forever grateful to Professor Mayne that he sent that first email, and to Beatriz for replying! Reading about Quattro, and their commitment to publishing varied voices to better represent the diverse character of Canada, and their championing of marginalized voices and indeed, a marginalized genre, the novella , made me eager to work for them in any capacity they would have me.

And so I met the Quattro team — Beatriz, John, Allan and Luciano — and much to my wide-eyed amazement, my dream of working with books became a reality. I began as their enthusiastic, but hopelessly clueless, intern. Their patience with and confidence in me was encouraging; in short time, I was managing projects and learning about all facets of the intricate world of small publishing.

Eventually, I moved up to Assistant Publisher, and could devote more time and effort to supporting the press that I had come to love, and the industry that I have come to fiercely believe in. The book industry is one built on and sustained by grace and grit; I have nothing but respect for all who work within it.

You are people of remarkable talent, skill and resolve; you assure me that our industry is gonna be just fine. It has been an honour, a privilege and a joy to work with Quattro. Rest assured that the invaluable Kristen Blank, who is taking on the position of Office Coordinator, will continue to hold the torch and perhaps burn an even brighter light!

And so, to the founders John, Allan, Luciano and Beatriz, to Quattro writers, friends and supporters, I raise a glass of our official drink, teQuila. I am eternally grateful to you all. What do both of these books have in common, besides their evident literary prowess? The short story form or novella has had a harsh run in publishing. Even award-winning Alice Munro—who, incidentally, won the Novel Prize for Literature this year—has faced criticism for focusing on short stories. Literary awards like the Man Booker Prize seemed not to favour this genre much either. While the Booker Prize remains fairly staunch in its favour toward full-length novels, other awards are seeing a turnaround, and it seems as if the short story form is set to make a powerful comeback.

Much of it may also have to do with the increasing prominence of tablets like the Kindle, Nook and iPad. The novella is particularly fitting for the fast-paced modern reader who has little time to finish a novel between lunch breaks and on commutes. It is almost a parallel reflection of how Twitter became so wildly popular after Facebook. Tweets are succinct and conveniently short, ideal for someone checking in on a time constraint. Short stories, while succinct, are in no way less nuanced than a novel.

More and more publishers are starting to see the potential of the novella form. Nonchalant in its doleful foretelling at the end of every tale, this collection of short stories follows a refracting path showcasing the lives of the crew of The Sandbar. He has his first sip of alcohol at twelve and is predicted by many a customer to become a full-blown alcoholic before he reaches legal drinking age.

Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter have been popular in many avenues of entertainment —game development, new technology, charity drives, even tuition fees — but this practice has taken its time getting to publishing. Now that it has , the prospects seem huge. But is it all good? There are already several sites like PubSlush and LeanPub that allow members to donate funds toward publishing a book based on its premise. Another site, Unglue It, works by having the author agree to put the work in the public domain in exchange for being funded by potential readers.

On the one hand, the fact that funding like this is a great lift for an industry where there is never enough money to go around. A Kickstarter for publishers would be a huge asset for them. Crowdfunding would allow more publishers to take risks with diverse books they would have turned down before. It would broaden the scope of literature available. It would be a huge relief to an indie publishing house. It can go further. Communities can fund books that talk about social issues that actively affect them: everyday racism, spousal abuse, alcoholism, etc.

Books are a great avenue to have your voices heard. Where is the line between servicing literature and abusing a passionate audience? On Oct. With theatrical performance, musical accompaniment and a wide-range of genres, it was a night to remember. They were the Nigerian equivalent of dime drugstore pulp fiction crossed with pulp pop self-help books.

They were morality tales with their subject matter and tone translated straight out of the oral culture. Elvis had read a lot of them, though he wouldn't admit it publicly. The books were considered to be low-class trash, but they sold in the thousands. Figure Onitsha pamphlet cover. Paying for the book, he hid it between the Dostoyevsky and the Baldwin and headed deeper into the market. At some discrete moment, Mabel the Sweet Honey emerges from between the European classics, because we read lurid selections from it ten pages later in Abani's novel.

Despite the authoritative, extranarratorial tone of the expository passage, there are a number of inaccuracies in the contextual information the phenomenon began after World War II, for example, on discarded British presses. However, what interests me here is the contrast established between the norms and forms of brand-name African literature and the off-brand indulgences of street pamphlets.

Abani exploits the disparity in respectability between recognized world literature which apparently speaks English—don't they all? In the late s and early s, the Onitsha pamphlets were introduced to metropolitan reading audiences through articles by Ulli Beier and Emmanuel Obiechina, who in an effort to defend their value as literature in the formal literary sector compared the incunabula to the journalistic, didactic, and prenovelistic writings of Defoe and Richardson—unintentionally, it seems, inviting other scholars to make genetic claims about dependent relationships of influence and inheritance between the early British novel and the Onitsha texts or to make teleological claims about the natural evolution of the novel genre.

Onitsha texts, like later Nigerian video, also took early inspiration from popular imported Indian literature and film, although that fact often escapes the official histories of the phenomenon, which tend to subordinate it to official British and American literatures. Figure Cover of How to Play Love. Figure Cover of Kurt Thometz, ed. I want to use these examples of transsector, intertextual trafficking from Abani's novel to make a few final speculative comments about the genre of the novel more generally, particularly how it is cross-cut by international intellectual property law and how the novel in turn cross-cuts the formal and informal sectors of world literary space.

Under modern copyright regimes almost three centuries old, the novel is an object of intellectual property, but it also contains in its pages other intellectual properties. The center-periphery models of world literary systems also seem to reify the author as the individual creator of intellectual as opposed to cultural property and, thereby, to reinforce the power imbalances of the current international intellectual property regimes. The intertextual entanglements of Abani's novel, and the forms in which they appear on the page, suggest to me that we might need to remind ourselves against the prevailing pressures of intellectual property regimes to privatize and personalize the ownership of ideas and their fixed forms of expression that novels are also carriers of cultural knowledge.

My work on plagiarism and the novel in world literatures consistently presents me with surprising new evidence of just how hungry a genre the novel is; it may be the greediest of literary genres, picking up everything in its way including other genres and calling it all novelistic. This is one good reason why a map of world literary space surveyed through the novel may not, in the end, tell us all that much about the world.

GraceLand offers a number of good examples of this; the chapters are punctuated by recipes for traditional dishes and records of native medicinal uses for plants, two genres of traditional knowledge that are ostensibly being passed down to Elvis as entries in his dead mother's journal. In Abani's novel, they signify the category of cultural difference, but in an especially ironic or parodic mode: not only can Elvis not remember anybody in his family ever cooking, but the forms of presentation for the traditional knowledge are highly mediated—old ideas in modern genres.

If we pay attention to the ingredients combined in the recipe, we get a different image of the completed description of the dish. In any case, the novel genre eats up such things, appropriating cultural property or common, informal knowledge and converting it into intellectual property that is then protected by a legal fence of private property rights. Perhaps all of this only tells us things we already know about the novel form—that it is a vehicle of both intellectual and cultural property—even if our ordinary vocabulary tends to speak about the novel in individualist creative terms and to obscure that knowledge.

However, I want to give what might otherwise seem a rather banal insight about the novel some urgency within the current world IP systems because it suggests a different set of uses for or services of the genre than we ordinarily contemplate. The formulaic language that describes Synsepalum dulcificum has a relatively complex genealogy.

Agoha's text follows quite closely its own sources, indicated in a footnote that directs the reader to J. Hepper's revised edition of volume 2 of J. Hutchinson and J. The language describing the miracle berry changes sometimes more, sometimes less at each link in the chain of citations—the color of the fruit even turns from rouge , to dusky red, to reddish purple, to purplish—as the language settles; but, for the most part, the phrases in Abani's novel are already present in Daniell's colonial sources, and they are stabilized in the form we read in GraceLand with Dalziel's description written in Figure Entry in R.

In other words, the formal botanical name of the plant identifies the first person to have put into print or authored its current Linnaean classification, which means, generally, the first European to have identified the genus genre to which the plant belongs and thereby earned the right to name the species. This is the literary heritage of the traditional knowledge that prepares the closing scene of Abani's novel for Elvis's international flight. This deracination—a process that goes by the names universalization and Parisianization in Casanova's world republic of letters—is largely what happens in that other realm where descriptions of Synsepalum dulcificum circulate: patent applications.

In other respects they would seem to be eaten more for the novelty of the sensations they induce than for any particular object. Figure U. Novels, I expect, circulate in the informal sector of botanical and pharmaceutical research, but the genre incorporates all of those forms without blinking. We might think of the novel not only as a generic hedge against the disappearance of once common knowledge but also as a bulwark against the progressive privatization of knowledge.

This essay aims to meditate on the relationship between reference and genre. It grows out of my interest in a constellation of texts, across different periods and forms, that are flashpoints in the always contested articulation of a realist aesthetic. At first glance, this group might seem like an unrewarding site for investigating the question of this volume. In one immediate sense, the generic dimension of literary form is always resisted by the realist text, insofar as it aspires toward unmediated representation, seeking to motivate and justify its own techniques and devices, the texture of its expression, and its patterns and scope in relation to a referential ground.

But this same impulse can also sharpen the contours and raise the stakes of genre: arguably, it is in the tense, unfinished, and even rebarbative relation to the referential currents and desires of a text that the dynamics of genre take on their most crystallized, consequential form. In the first part of this essay, I want to sketch this potential intersection of representation and genre in broad strokes, and so I will be shuttling between a number of examples. I'll then turn my focus to a more discrete—if still wide-ranging—constellation of paintings by Pieter Bruegel. This supplementary description is striking.

The ease with which Genette's rhetoric pivots between a classically structural analysis and this referentially charged paradigm of exclusion, banishment, co-optation, functional absorption and revolution is telling. The metaphors that cluster around this juncture of his analysis do not just, as any metaphors would, draw on a referential ground but bear upon core dynamics of representation itself. Rather, I want to use this crux—where structure and reference are intertwined—as a way of supplementing Genette's own account of how, in the long critical tradition that he both traces and critiques, genre and representation typically interact.

Genette describes this tradition quite cogently. Genette charts the way that this idea of genre begins with Plato and survives, tenaciously, in different guises. Over and again theorists attempt to understand different literary forms by grounding their development and logic in relation to different kinds of social worlds, or experiences, which they seek to accommodate.


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I don't think Genette intends us to dismiss this model as simply erroneous, with nothing to say about literary form. But it is a clearly limited aesthetic category for him: parochial in both its neat segmentation of topical boundaries an elevated world and a common world, tragic and comic content, etc. This functionalist paradigm is only one, polemically charged, way to comprehend the potential place of representation within genre. Against such a model, I want to put forward those readings that take genre as a fundamentally disturbing, deforming, and disruptive tendency within the aesthetic construct, serving potentially to catalyze and shape the very processes—exclusion, containment, compression, absorption—that Genette's own rhetoric deploys.

Genre here points to formal dynamics that can never be fully motivated by or made functionally equivalent to the referential horizons of the text, but that might be pointedly and variously intertwined with these horizons. This is a perspective on genre that is less taxonomic, and more concerned with an internal textual process—it seeks to understand when and how a text confronts or broaches its own genreness , we might say.

Understood in this way, genre often does mark a breach in the text; it can operate as static, confusion, interference—as distorting constraint. The eruption of genre—or genreness—within a text, in this way, might perturb the unfolding surface of the story, puncture the reader's perspectival frame, and come to echo particular movements of consciousness. Now it's true that I, your second author, found it hard to believe that such a fascinating tale could have been simply consigned to the dust …. Part Two, Chapter 9. We left off the first part of this history with the courageous Basque and the celebrated Don Quijote, their swords bared and uplifted, each ready to smash a furious stroke at the other ….

And at exactly that moment of dire uncertainty the pleasant tale was broken off, and left mutilated, nor did the original author give us the slightest idea where we might find the missing part. The early scenes of violence in Don Quixote are so important, in part, as they encode an epistemological process—in which the individual subject's projected frame of comprehension is suddenly altered by the encounter with external, social objects—in starkly physical terms, as a literal overwhelming or overturning.

But it is worth highlighting the strangeness of this fundamental aesthetic choice: the way that such an antireferential gesture, here ramified in such explicitly formal terms framed narration, embedded texts within the text is keyed precisely to an experience that rests at the referential core of the story.

And in the broadest sense, Cervantes's form-defining exploration of disillusionment underlies my reading of genre's potential referential force—as discursive shifts, constraints, and pressures serve to amplify the points, within the referenced story itself, when comprehension and incomprehension, belief and uncertainty, knowledge and confusion are intertwined, producing a profound and specific kind of vulnerability. I understand the novel as a form particularly open to this kind of generic pressure, with its ostensible commitment to a mimetic credibility and an always potential form less ness often powerfully connected with various technologies of individuality and individualism that lapses, so frequently, into mediation calling attention to the text as text and comes to strain, so often, against larger, inhibiting patterns of plot, theme, narrative, chronotope, or character-type.

Both epitomizing and straining against the reticent stylistics and social omniscience of Sayles's normative, realist film practice, Limbo abruptly modulates, midnarrative, from what seems to be a securely grounded, polycentric exploration of social and economic conflict in a mid-size Alaskan town into a tightly focused and dysphoric adventure film. The genre shift is jarring and explicit, echoing but not simply contained or justified by the dramatic turn in the plot.

On the contrary, the shift in genre is partially non functional, estranging the viewer and leaving her self-consciously positioned between, and in uneasy relation to, two delimited and clashing forms of narrative syntax. Never simply negating or transcending its connection to a realist aesthetics, Limbo's generic in-betweeness works to produce a taut, and complicated, structure of partial representation.

Such partial representation is pointedly reiterated, on a different register, with the other formal innovation of the film, a conspicuously abrupt ending or nonending that abjures the climactic moment—in which a small, noisy plane arrives to either hunt down or rescue the stranded protagonists—in favor of a slow dissolve to white as the sound of the plane's engine increases and then a definitive cut to black.

Certainly Sayles means by the title of his film to suggest a state of suspension that can apply to the viewers, as we are torn between different generic modes; to the characters, as they are imperiled within the story itself; and to this starkly delimited ending, which leaves both characters and audience on the threshold of a withheld revelation.

A similar intermediateness rests, I would argue, at the methodological core of Erich Auerbach's Mimesis , as it puts forth a dialectical model of genre in which formal constraints —deformations, intensifications, eccentricity, and any number of linguistic, aesthetic, or cultural conventions, patterns, and limits—don't simply dilute but also catalyze and enable intricate modes of representation. In one of Auerbach's most charged and salient examples, he considers how the transient and historically contingent characteristics of the damned in Dante's Inferno are paradoxically crystallized through the atemporal structure in which they are imprisoned.

Not all characters, of course, are locked uneasily, bitterly, with ironic resignation into an eternally fixed or final space within the referenced world of a plot or narrative, but often narratives can and do take advantage of an equivalent tension between the particularity of the character, as implied person, and his or her emplacement within the fixed, substantialized—and potentially distorted, fragmented, or ossified—form of the narrative itself. Once again, in Auerbach's path-breaking formulation of a realist aesthetics, mimetic power is generated through the conflicted, contingent intersection, rather than the functional coordination, of experiential content and literary form.

This is a model that understands representation, itself, as a fundamentally precarious or vulnerable process—and thus a model which can highlight that dimension of realism in any number of its complicated, often fraught manifestations that gravitates toward the representation of precariousness, conceptual imbalance, social vulnerability. I want to consider this play of form and social representation in a group of paintings by Pieter Bruegel, which, in quite varied and provocative ways, attempt to coordinate multiple individuals within a single artistic structure.

Bruegel's realism hinges on a complicated, perhaps unparalleled dialectic between the self-sufficiency of the form and its referential bases: the viewer's sense of the achieved composition ultimately relies on the referential dimensions of Bruegel's human figures, while our comprehension of the viewed scene in Bruegel is mediated through a formal framework that, in its own dynamic integrity, radically disjoins painting from world.

My interest in Bruegel grew out of my work on nineteenth-century fiction in The One vs. I argue for a dialectical account of character in which the referential purchase of the implied person unfolds in relationship with his or her dynamic emplacement within a narrative structure. Like Dickens's novels, Bruegel's paintings are famously concerned with crowds, on both a referential and formal dimension: with the social interaction of crowds of persons and the problem of crowding persons into the compositional structure.

While many nineteenth-century novelists work to soften the asymmetrical structure of the realist novel—in which numerous persons are integrated into a story but attention flows to a singular protagonist—Dickens, I argue, intensifies asymmetry, crystallizing its latent instability. Minor characters, flattened and squeezed into subordinated roles, become distorted, but in this distortion—the famous tics and gestures of the Dickensian eccentric—they begin to claim more interest. Minorness thus paradoxically garners attention, while the affective pull of secondary characters is, quite troublingly, grounded in their subordination.

Dickens presses this conflict to but not over its breaking point: time and again in his novels, obscured characters burst into the foreground, but the underlying structure of asymmetry never collapses. A brief description of a servant in The Pickwick Papers gives us one of many points in which Dickens inscribes this dynamic, and often unstable, process of representation into the story itself.

Weller, ringing the bell. Snow's reading of Children's Game is a daring example of such continued looking, a study of the painting's structural dynamics sustained enough that by the end much of the referenced world itself—the games and persons who populate, and overpopulate, the canvas—seems like a manifestation of the very compositional dynamics that sustain it.

Figure Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Children's Games , , oil on panel, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Abrams, , This example demonstrates the critical act that Snow performs repeatedly in Children's Games , transforming storied events often read allegorically, or ideologically into elaborations of the compositional ground from which they derive.

Figure Peasant's Dance , c. From Roberts-Jones, Figure Detail, Peasant's Dance , c. Snow's argument proceeds inductively, and one of the first and central images he highlights is, appropriately enough, the game of tug-of-war in the middle foreground of Children's Games. The boy being stretched toward the right offers a heightened experience of the body per se. The specificity of the action reorients our view of the larger painting, temporarily becoming the center through which we look at the whole. In this sense the dynamic, tensile movement that Snow focuses on both actualizes and threatens to obviate the implied individual.

Another opening image for Snow's analysis depicts the three boys straddling the fence that juts out, from the left, in the middle ground of the painting. He pairs the first two riders a red cap helps us tell them apart and then portrays the third almost as if he is a member of some alien species. The self tilts away from, or risks disorientation in, the world. We can find such introspective and motile figures threaded through the compositional weave in Children's Games and many other Bruegel paintings.

These same states are also crucial to the play between obscurity and emphasis in Dickens's elaborated version of narrative minorness. The immediate impression is of two distinct classes, one of which rises and enjoys mobility at the expense of another, which remains passive and stationary, its horizons limited to the ground beneath its feet.

In these transitional states Bruegel captures a full range of ascension and diminution—turning this game into an elaborate social allegory for his own compositional process. The dramatic instrumentalization of the jacks points to a concern with functionality both social and formal that we can find throughout Bruegel's polycentric compositions: from the heavy labor in The Tower of Babel , which places individual figures in varied relationship to the stones and slabs that they are carrying, chiseling, and, transforming into the tower itself —to the subtle work, of allegorical production itself, that Joseph Koerner identifies in a brilliant reading of The Battle of Carnival and Lent We can see a structurally elaborate version of such a process in Bruegel's exploration, and confusion, of center and periphery in many of his works.

From Siepel, From Roberts-Jones, — Many of Bruegel's works call attention to multiplicity as an aesthetic problem both for the viewer, who, in confronting so many of Bruegel's paintings, is left more than usual to his or her own devices, and for the artistic frame itself, which—precisely as it brings so much life, so many individual human beings, into the picture—points toward an excess or plentitude of humanity that it is impossible to fully represent, encompass, or comprehend. As much as any artist of the social, Bruegel depicts human beings in a mass—there's a persistent turning away from the dynamics of individual portraiture—and yet, the paintings frequently insist on the radical specificity and particularity of the persons who make up part of the canvas or part of the crowd.

Bruegel's paintings thus compositionally enact the blurring that so often seems intrinsic to any image of social multiplicity, while also continually emphasizing human particularity in a way that undercuts such de-individuation. In this sense a social problematic is often coterminous with a formal or aesthetic one: the relationship of the individual to the social is translated, in many of Bruegel's paintings, into the dynamic relationship of part to whole within the aesthetic construct. This multiplicity, of course, has key variants.

We can contrast, for instance, the fundamentally asocial flood of figures and persons in Children's Games or Netherlandish Proverbs with the much more limited and socially grounded—but still radically heterogeneous—crowd of persons in Peasant Dance and Peasant Wedding. The obvious compositional differences here—panoramic against low-angle perspective; bodies that are situated within the established lines and vectors of the painting and bodies that form this architecture more directly—are evident.

But in both cases the sheer multiplicity of implied persons has great consequence. And we can see a crucial relationship between this form of instability and the temporal instability of the painting, as it imbues us with a sense that the scene we are viewing—one of whirling motion—will be fundamentally altered in the next instant, as though the terms of background and foreground, the underlying compositional premises of the image, were moving and changing as swiftly as the dance itself.

Bruegel's painting paradigmatically draws these two processes together, intertwining our perception of social multiplicity and our sense of temporal precariousness. And this subtle, intricate conjoining is as important to the painting's contested realist aesthetics as its choice of nonelevated subject matter, its attention to detail, or its commitment to cultural verisimilitude. The interaction between formal and social multiplicity can be fruitfully considered in relation to another key dimension of Bruegel's painting, which brings us closer to genre in an explicit sense—its vacillation between realistic and allegorical frameworks.

Again, many of Bruegel's paintings are neither stably realistic nor allegorical, but they dramatize the encounter between representation and allegory. Thus, the series of seasonal paintings that suggest themselves as abstractions of a recurrent temporality also inscribes the specificity, contingency, and sheer weightiness of human labor. Where do we first look? To choose is to isolate: in the typical Bruegel painting, the viewer is confronted with a mass of human reality—and a crowd of compositional elements—and doesn't know exactly where to turn.

The eye wanders. The discovery of the painting, as a whole, occurs in a halting manner. Often the viewer will see something new after a while—a recessed scene or inconspicuous section of the painting—and simultaneously recognize, as he notices it, that he hadn't seen it before. This belated recognition is, of course, crucial to Bruegelian representation. Here was a part of the painting that was palpably, evidently there and yet effectively invisible.

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