Suspend Your Disbelief

Essays

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Against Interiority: Negotiating the Mind and Body in Corinne Manning’s We Had No Rules and Bishakh Som’s Apsara Engine

“Manning and Som’s work don’t feel brave necessarily in subject matter—a well-established queer literature exists—but in their refusal to pander to their literary audience, to provide anything that looks like false intimacy.” Hasanthika Sirisena on our assumptions about interiority and representing queer experiences in short fiction.


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From Awareness to Feeling: The Art of Telling

Jennifer Solheim on the art of telling in Nathacha Appanah’s Tropic of Violence, examining how the author’s “use of perspective and authority might serve as an example of how writers can develop characters whose social identities are different from their own, in ways that are palpable, believable, and move beyond empathy.”