This book acknowledges that no form of writing can stay categorically separate from another. Both writing and reading, reader or writer friction each other, desire the contamination of words. As fiction writer and critic, Aritha van Herk explores other texts, other bodies, other moments arising from the otheredness of the writer in the uneasy position of critic. More than elucidations, these writings become journeys through language and imagination, weaving together the realms of fiction, autobiography, poetry and criticism.
Aritha van Herk teaches Creative Writing, Canadian Literature and Contemporary Narrative. Her novels include Judith, The Tent Peg, No Fixed Address (nominated for the Governor General's Award for fiction), Places Far From Ellesmere (a geografictione) and Restlessness. Her critical works, A Frozen Tongue (ficto-criticism) and In Visible Ink (crypto-frictions) stretch the boundaries of the essay and interrogate questions of reading and writing as aspects of narrative subversion. With Mavericks: an Incorrigible History of Alberta (winner of the Grant MacEwan Author's Award) van Herk ventured into new territory, transforming history into a narratological spectacle. That book frames the new permanent exhibition that opened at the Glenbow Museum in 2007. van Herk is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and is active in Canada's literary and cultural life, writing articles and reviews as well as creative work. She has served on many juries, including the Governor General's Award and the C