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FIONA ALISON DUNCAN
FIONA ALISON DUNCAN is a Canadian-American author and artist. Her debut novel Exquisite Mariposa won the 2020 LAMBDA Literary Prize for Bisexual Fiction.

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Interview with Fanny Howe

Interview

Issue No. 29

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN

Interview

Issue No. 29

Fanny Howe’s bibliography is as bewildering as her itinerant biography. Born in 1940 in Buffalo, New York, the poet and author grew up in...

Interview

January 2020

Interview with Jamieson Webster

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN

Interview

January 2020

Jamieson Webster serves as a torchbearer for a field out of popular favour. Her practice, psychoanalysis, was last century’s...

I want you to be in my writing Maybe not you exactly Someone like you Will you like this version of you? Maybe not Will you recognise this version of you, as you? I hope so She has some of your qualities I say she because you are a trans woman, and it’s something about trans women that I’m writing Maybe you are central to it, or maybe incidental Either way, you figure in the text What makes me think I know anything about you? And what makes what I think I know something I can put in a piece of writing to which I own the rights?   As it happens, I’m a trans woman too Yay for girls like us! We’re at the bar at Mood Ring I buy us drinks Once our server is out of earshot, we dish I’m sorry you got harassed on the subway That happened to me just last week Oh, we saw the same surgeon His office never returns your calls It’s hilarious that we both fucked that other trans girl – she sure gets around Ah, but you have some stories I don’t Now, honey, tell me all about your pain   Wait, something’s wrong here If this is our shared story, why do I need you to tell it so that I can write it? Because of things we don’t have in common I’m white, middle-class by origin, with a good education, living in an apartment my partner and I own I transitioned late after securing a comfortable life In a word: bourgeois A bourgeois life brings relative freedom from pain But it’s boring This is the dilemma constitutive of bourgeois literature So I look to you for a good story I have the luxury of having feelings about other people’s feelings To feel, but also to judge, at some remove It will be your story, in my text – and my copyright It’s the business of bourgeois literature to stake claims to property rights over others’ pain   I don’t know that a book can even make a claim

Contributor

June 2019

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN

Contributor

June 2019

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN is a Canadian-American author and artist. Her debut novel Exquisite Mariposa won the 2020 LAMBDA Literary...

Exquisite Mariposa

Fiction

July 2019

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN

Fiction

July 2019

I broke three contracts in 2016. The first was verbal, a monogamy clause. But he was fucking around too, and I knew, because everybody...

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Interview

November 2016

Interview with Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Cassie Davies

Interview

November 2016

Njideka Akunyili Crosby first encountered Mary Louise Pratt’s ‘Arts of the Contact Zone’ (1991), which identifies ‘social spaces where cultures meet,...

feature

Issue No. 8

Barking From the Margins: On écriture féminine

Lauren Elkin

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Issue No. 8

 I. Two moments in May May 2, 2011. The novelists Siri Hustvedt and Céline Curiol are giving a talk...

Interview

February 2016

Interview with Gerard Byrne

Izabella Scott

Interview

February 2016

I first encountered Gerard Byrne’s eerily dislocated films at Tate Britain, where 1984 and Beyond (2005–7) was shown on...

 

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