Contemporary Literary Criticism: Elizabeth Hand

Though I share regularly about some of my courses and my teaching, I don’t often talk here about my other work in academia—some of it more routine; recently, for example, I’ve been a peer reviewer on a journal article, and I’m working now to review a tenure application by a professor whose work overlaps somewhat with my own. But I’m pleased to share here a bit of scholarly work I participated in last year—serving as a consultant for a selection of essays on Elizabeth Hand in Contemporary Literary Criticism, volume 448, which was just recently published.

I greatly admire Elizabeth Hand’s work, particularly her Cass Neary novels, which I’ve taught in my literature classes at Mason, and it was an honor to be invited to help compile a series of previously published critical essays focused on her larger career, ranging from 1990’s Wintersong through the present—a diverse and exciting range of novels, novellas, short stories, and more.

This volume also includes essays on Amrita Pritam and Thomas Pynchon.

Thanks to Richard Layman for inviting me to be part of this project.