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August 22, 2012 / Lee Skallerup Bessette

Ready, Set, GO!

It’s time to get this book started. You can read the book proposal here.

I’m immersing myself in the “theory” that I need as the framing mechanism for the book.  I’m looking at research dealing with the new version of the self-made celebrity, the postcolonial autobiographical narrative (autofiction, alterbiography, etc), adaptation, rewriting, and improvisation and performance.

I came across two links today on my Twitter timeline that indicated that I should be getting started on this project. One is about author China Miéville comments about the future of the novel:

[Miéville] and his fellow writers should “be ready for guerrilla editors”, he said, adding: “In the future, asked if you’ve read the latest Ali Smith or Ghada Karmi, the response might be not yes or no, but which mix?”

There was, he said, a “blurring of boundaries between writers, books and readers, self-publishing, the fanfication of fiction“.

This are the kids of things that I see happening with Laferriere’s oeuvre, considering it’s what he’s done himself. Which mix, which adaptation, which version of Laferriere’s work are we getting? And why can’t we make our own? Isn’t that what scholarship is, after all, is making sense of that which is complex and difficult, interpreting that which is challenging? Why not have mashups of Laferriere’s work?

Another is based on the work done by an Intro to DH class on Transmediation, which as far as I can tell, a fancy way of saying, “adapting for different media and mediums.” I jest, but it is a useful term for my work in Laferriere, as he reinterprets himself depending on the medium. From newspaper to radio to tv to film to kids books (and soon an electronic version of his kids’ books), Laferriere has been practicing transmediation throughout his career. So this is a great term and potential theoretical approach to his work, too.

Let’s get this started.


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