RARA-AVIS: genres

From: Valerie E. Polichar ( valerie@ucsd.edu)
Date: 24 Feb 2004

Jim Sallis moves between genres as much as anyone else I can think of (SF, poetry, fiction/nonfiction, crime, mystery, literary, translation) and he is hence the best argument I can come up with to dispense with getting hung up on labels. Further, he mixes genres thoroughly in some of his work -- poetry that is also encapsulated noir novels, SF that is also poetry. It takes the meaning right out of the pigeonhole.

If you haven't read it, take a look at his essay "Jumping Tracks"
(at http://www.booksense.com/people/archive/sallisjames.jsp)

(That said, I agree we're here on rara-avis to talk about a particular type or style of fiction, and that the boundaries of that type are pretty fuzzy.)


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