Anon on Christine Brooke-Rose

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Christine Brooke-Rose has shaped my academic studies for the last five years. I first encountered her work during my MA studies where her novel ‘Textermination’ was on the syllabus for the module ‘Postmodern Fiction’. After this first encounter, I was hungry for more, and so sought out her other novels which was not as easy as I hoped, due to the fact that most of her early novels are out of print, and the rest have been published in relatively small batches. After reading the rest of her fictional works and then her critical approaches to fiction, it became apparent to me that Brooke-Rose has been criminally neglected as an author of both criticism and prose, whose work engages with literary theory in a detailed and interrogative way. Her work is enlightening and entertaining, posing some extremely interesting questions regarding the British approach to the development of literary theory in the twentieth century. If we are to truly understand twentieth century British literature and its relationship to the development of literary theory, then Brooke-Rose’s work must be revisited and her capability and relevance recognized.

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