Permanent Revolution: Essays by Gail Scott


Permanent Revolution: Essays by Gail Scott



May 25, 2021
Nonfiction | Essays
8.5 x 5.5 inches | 200 pages
Trade Paper ISBN 9781771666824



With an Introduction by Zoe Whittall.

Permanent Revolution traces Gail Scott’s seminal investigation of prose experiment to the present, including a recreation of the iconic Spaces Like Stairs, in a collection relating the matter of writing in sentences to ongoing social upheaval. “Where there is no emergency there is likely no real experiment,” she writes.

In conversation with other writers across the continent identified with current queer/feminist avant-garde trajectories, including l’écriture-au féminin moment in Québec, and queer continental new narrative, Permanent Revolution is an evolutionary snapshot of contemporaneous Fe-male ground-breaking prose fiction.

“A writer may do as she pleases with her epoch. Except ignore it,” said Scott. With Permanent Revolution, the writer interrogates her era, twice. Belonging in the canon alongside Maggie Nelson, Lydia Davis and Renee Gladman, Gail Scott is an important feminist thinker of our time.

Gail Scott is the author of Spare Parts (1981), Heroine (1987, re-issued in 2019 with an introduction by Eileen Myles), Main Brides (1993), My Paris (1999), Spare Parts Plus Two (2002), and The Obituary (2010). Her essays are collected in Spaces Like Stairs (1989) and in La Théorie, un dimanche (1988) which was translated into English as Theory, A Sunday (2013). Scott is co-editor of the New Narrative anthology: Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (2004). Her translation of Michael Delisle’s Le désarroi du matelot was shortlisted for a 2001 Governor General’s Literary Award. A memoir, based in Lower Manhattan during the early Obama years, is forthcoming. Scott lives in Montréal.


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