Meddle English

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Meddle English

New and Selected Texts

By Caroline Bergvall

Nightboat Books, Paperback, 9780982264584, 176pp.

Publication Date: December 14, 2010

Description
This book gathers a decade of Caroline Bergvall's innovative pieces, from her long out-of-print performance text Goan Atom, inspired by the graphic contortions of Hans Bellmer's Doll and violent love fantasies of other radical body-inspired artists, The Shorter Chaucer, a series of contemporary tales exploring social mores in a feisty mix of languages, and the hybrid and visual prose pieces Cropper, Cat in the Throat, and Middling English. This volume rich, multi-layered, acerbic, humorous creates a strong case for how new literature can provide speculative and performative excursions into post-urban lives and idoms and explore renewed visions for languages.


About the Author
Caroline Bergvall was born in 1962 of French-Norwegian nationalities and has been based in England since 1989. She is widely published and her text pieces and collaborations have been produced internationally. Her work plays around with perception through language games, sexual ecstasies, multilingual speech, sited texts and ephemeral gestures. She is Research Fellow in Performance Writing at Dartington College and co-chair in Writing, Bard College.