(Re)turning to Quin: An Introduction

Williams, Nonia (2022) (Re)turning to Quin: An Introduction. Women: A Cultural Review, 33 (1). pp. 2-17. ISSN 0957-4042

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Abstract

Ann Quin’s innovative, versatile oeuvre made a substantial contribution to 1960s and 1970s British avant-garde and experimental writing, but literary scholarship has, until recently, been slow to appreciate the brilliance and importance of her work. This special issue of Women: a cultural review is the first collection of its kind focused solely on Quin. To frame the collection, I offer a short introduction to Quin’s work and life, and discuss how her working-class identity has been considered a significant factor in relation to the distinctive forms, language, aesthetics and experimentation of her writing. I introduce the volume’s contributions, which include an interview, a creative-critical piece, and four critical essays on Quin, to show the correspondences, overlaps and contrasts between them. In particular, I focus on their consideration of archive materials, and the aesthetic and sensory qualities of Quin’s writing. I argue that, precisely by being read together, the contributions deepen and extend our thinking about Quin, give a sense of current critical approaches to her work, and provide a key opportunity to reflect on the significance of our impulse to return to her work today.

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Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 15:30
Last Modified: 12 May 2022 00:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/83323
DOI: 10.1080/09574042.2022.2019437

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