Re: RARA-AVIS: Welcome to Vicki Hendicks, guest of honour

Date: 04 Apr 2005

Hi, Mark, That's an interesting idea to actually assign a gender reversal, but the assignment was more general, just to pick a novel to use as a model, and analyze it, generally in a quantitative manner: how many chapters, characters, locations, how much scene in proportion to summary--some other things I can't remember without finding my old notes. Lolita and Catch 22 were two of the other novels chosen. The Lolita had a reverse gender role also, and that manuscript was eventually finished and agented, just missing publication. I don't think Catch 22 was ever completed. We had to turn in what would be a third of the book in one semester, so by picking The Postman Always Rings Twice, I had 52 manuscript pages to write, whereas you can imagine the length and complexity of the others. I was also obsessed with Cain, and the idea of playing out the sex he couldn't at that time was a major motivation. Although I'd give anything to say as much in as few words as he could. Vicki

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