Karen S. McPherson
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About Karen S. McPherson
Karen McPherson is an Oregon poet whose full-length volume of poetry Skein of Light was published in 2014 by Airlie Press. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Sketching Elise (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and has published poems in a number of journals, including Fireweed, Descant, Umbrella, Centrifugal Eye, Cider Press Review, Beloit Poetry Journal and Passager. McPherson also translates poetry and essays by contemporary Quebec writers. Her translation of the first two volumes of Quebec poet Louise Warren's Archives trilogy (Delft Blue & Objects of the World) was published by Guernica Books in 2013. McPherson is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on contemporary francophone women writers from Quebec and the Caribbean. She is the author of Incriminations: Guilty Women/Telling Stories (1994) and Archaeologies of an Uncertain Future: Recent Generations of Canadian Women Writing (2006). Visit her website at www.kmcphersonpoet.com
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Books By Karen S. McPherson
In Archaeologies of an Uncertain Future, McPherson explores the memory work, alternative historiographies, and feminist aesthetics by which women writers revisit the past and reimagine the future. Grounded within critical discourses across many discplines, McPherson's analysis engages contemporary discussions about autobiographical genres, post-modern historiographies, memoirs, and literary genealogies.
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Archives are often depicted as musty repositories, museum cellars, warehouses shoring up retaining walls against forgetfulness and the inevitable erosions of time. Objects deposited in the archives are tucked away for safekeeping. But Louise Warren's archives are not file boxes or document lockers. They are not relegated to closed cabinets in locked rooms. They are where writing goes and what writing does. Delft Blue & Objects of the World represent the first two of Warren's archival trilogy.
Other Formats: Paperback