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Kathy Acker: Writing the Impossible

Georgina Colby


Kathy Acker’s body of work is one of the most significant collections of experimental writing in English. In Kathy Acker: Writing the Impossible, Georgina Colby explores the compositional processes and intricate experimental practices Acker employed in her work, from early poetic exercises written in the 1970s to her final writings in 1997. Through original archival research, Colby traces the stages in Acker’s compositional processes and draws on her knowledge of Acker’s unpublished manuscripts, notebooks, essays, illustrations, and correspondence to produce new ways of reading Acker’s works. ... More

Keywords: Kathy Acker, unpublished manuscripts, experimental writing, American Avant-Garde, feminisms, impossibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780748683505
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748683505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georgina Colby, author
University of Westminster