Kathy Acker Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Baker, Phil. "Dealing With Being Human." Times Literary Supplement (26 October 1990): 1146.

A generally unfavorable assessment of In Memoriam to Identity.

Brennan, Karen. "The Geography of Enunciation: Hysterical Pastiche in Kathy Acker's Fiction." Boundary 2 21, No. 2 (Summer 1996): 243-68.

Explores elements of parody, postmodern pastiche, and female authorial presence in Acker's fiction.

Brown, Terry. "Longing to Long: Kathy Acker and the Politics of Pain." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 2, No. 3 (1991): 167-77.

Examines the significance of nostalgia and female alienation in Acker's fiction.

Hulley, Kathleen. "Transgressing Genre: Kathy Acker's Intertext." In Intertextuality and Contemporary American Fiction, edited by Patrick O'Donnell and Robert Con Davis, pp. 171-90. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

Examines the complex synthesis of fiction, art, theater, and autobiography in Acker's fiction.

Redding, Arthur F. "Bruises, Roses: Masochism and the Writing of Kathy Acker." Contemporary Literature XXXV, No. 2 (Summer 1994): 281-304.

Explores themes of suffering, masochism, and self-mutilation in Acker's fiction.

Siegle, Robert. "A Sailor's Life in the Empire of the Senseless." Review in Contemporary Fiction 9, No. 3 (Fall 1989): 71-7.

Provides a critical reading of Empire of the Senseless.

Walsh, Richard. "The Quest for Love and the Writing of Female Desire in Kathy Acker's Don Quixote." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction XXXII, No. 3 (Spring 1991): 149-68.

Examines feminist themes in Acker's version of Don Quixote.


Deaton, Rebecca. "Kathy Acker Interviewed by Rebecca Deaton." Textual Practice 6, No. 2 (Summer 1992): 271-82.

Discussion of higher education, postmodernism, and feminism.

Friedman, Ellen G. "A Conversation with Kathy Acker." Review of Contemporary Fiction 9, No. 3 (Fall 1989): 12-22.

Discussion of Don Quixote and Acker's literary influences.

McCaffery, Larry. "An Interview with Kathy Acker." Mississippi Review 20, Nos. 1-2 (1991): 83-97.

Discussion of postmodernism and Acker's literary aims and influences.