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.