Monument to a Scientific Error

Context N°24 Viktor Shklovsky In 1930 Russian formalist critic Viktor Shklovsky was finally persuaded, or induced, to reject his theories—long criticized for their disregard for the impact of economic and social forces on literature. Oft-cited, and controversial, his apparent recantation Read on! →

Re-Reading David Markson’s ‘Wittgenstein’s Mistress’

Context N°24 Revisiting David Foster Wallace Philip Coleman First published in 1988—after fifty-four rejections, famously—and described by David Foster Wallace, in 1999, as one of the five most “direly underappreciated US novels >1960”—David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress has, for all that, Read on! →

Confessions of a Guilty Freelancer

Context N°24 William O’Rourke The following is an excerpt from the preface of William O’Rourke’s Confessions of a Guilty Freelancer, which was published in summer 2012 by Indiana University Press. Reprinted with the permission of Indiana Press. The Internet has Read on! →

Waiting for Dr Buckley

Context N°24 David Dwyer Dr Buckley is a vague, incommunicative man who lives down the Lane in Dublin. An American ex-patriot of over thirty years, he remains singularly American in attitude, dress, and expression. He is verifiably a man of Read on! →

An Interview with John E. Woods

Context N°24 Kathryn Toolan John E. Woods is an award-winning tran­slator of German literature. Throug­hout his career, he has translated the work of Thomas Mann, Ingo Schulze, Christoph Ransmayr and Arno Schmidt. He was awarded the PEN Translation Prize twice—for Read on! →

Translocal Writing from the City of Kafka

Context N°24 David Vichnar I am a Czech publisher/translator/Joyce scholar, and also the current editor of the English version of Czech Literature Portal, which is the chief reason why I met John O’Brien of the Dalkey Archive Press at the Read on! →

Notes on the Dissolution of Literature

Context N°24 Jorge Etcheverry As the borders that separate literature from testimony or document become increasingly nebulous, literature as a singular entity becomes no more than a memory anchored by the convention of a name. But what of literature’s singularity Read on! →