The Mother's Day Protest and other fictocritical essays

Stephen Muecke

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As a genre that confounds the distinction between fiction and non-fiction, fictocriticism continues to gain currency. It solves a problem for researchers and writers who do not wish to be held to that somewhat artificial division, and who consider their research methods necessarily to include the stylistic experiments that show their research and thought processes. Research, knowledge of the world, that continues to be ‘written up’, ‘after the fact’ in the usual academic genres, has a tendency to re-inscribe the status quo. The world stays the way it is; change, surprise and experiment elude the writer.
Stephen Muecke, one of the originators of fictocritical writing, presents a selection of his best essays in this innovative genre. In doing so he offers a rare and important theorization of the potential of speculative methods across disciplines including Literary Studies, Philosophy, Anthropology, Geography, and Science and Technology Studies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRowman & Littlefield International
Number of pages157
ISBN (Electronic)9781783488179
ISBN (Print)9781783488155, 9781783488162
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePlace, Memory, Affect
PublisherRowan and Littlefield


  • fictocritical writing
  • essays
  • cultural studies
  • fictocriticism
  • speculative methods
  • Muecke


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