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- Description<em>Theories of Forgetting</em> is concerned with how words matter, the materiality of the page, and how a literary work might react against mass reproduction and textual disembodiment in the digital age.<br><br><em>Theories of Forgetting</em> is a narrative in three parts. The first is the story of Alana, a filmmaker struggling to complete a short documentary about Robert Smithson's famous earthwork, The Spiral Jetty, located where the Great Salt Lake meets the desert. Alana falls victim to a pandemic called The Frost, whose symptoms include an increasing sensation of coldness and growing amnesia. The second involves Alana's husband, Hugh, owner of a rare-and-used bookstore in Salt Lake City, and his slow disappearance across Jordan while on a trip both to remember and to forget Alana's death. The third involves marginalia added to Hugh's section by his daughter, Aila, an art critic living in Berlin. Aila discovers a manuscript by her father after his disappearance and tries to make sense of it by means of a one-sided dialogue with her brother, Lance.<br><br>Each page of the vel is divided in half. Alana's narrative runs across the top of the page, from back to front, while Hugh's and his daughter's tale runs upside down across the bottom of the page, from front to back. How a reader initially happens to pick up <em>Theories of Forgetting</em> determines which narrative is read first, and thereby establishing the reader's meaning-making of the vel.
- Author Biography<strong>Lance Olsen</strong> is the author of eleven novels, one hypertext, four critical studies, four fiction collections, and two textbooks about writing innovative fiction. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and N.E.A fellowships as well as the Berlin Prize and a Pushcart Prize. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including <em>Conjunctions</em>, <em>Denver Quarterly</em>, <em>Black Warrior Review</em>, <em>Village Voice</em>, <em>BOMB</em>, and <em>Best American Non-Required Reading</em>. He teaches experimental narrative theory and practise at the University of Utah.
- Author(s)Lance Olsen
- PublisherFiction Collective Two
- Date of Publication28/02/2014
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleFiction Collective Two
- Place of PublicationNormal
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFiction Collective Two
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight517 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine22 mm
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