By Anne McConnell
Stepping Off the Edge addresses the question of literary edges and endings in contemporary works of literature from France, the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The book includes discussion of works by nine different authors, including Anne Carson, Marie NDiaye, Paul Auster, and César Aira. It considers the way that specific texts identify and interrogate textual boundaries, and also draw attention to questions of closure. Each of these texts also reflects on the way we experience and write about edges and endings in our lives.
Anne McConnell is a Professor in the English Department at West Virginia State University. She specializes in contemporary literature and critical theory from France, Latin America, and the United States. She published Approaching Disappearance with Dalkey Archive Press in 2013, focusing on the work of Maurice Blanchot. She currently teaches world literature, critical theory, and writing at West Virginia State University.