Hyper-contemporary Literature:brand-new writing and book prizes

Top 5 blogs of 2020

The new year will soon be heralded by new blogs from me. But for now, here’s a list of my Top 5 blogs of 2020 according to views. Apart from anything else, the list provides an interesting snapshot of last year’s popular and thought-provoking books … Enjoy, and thanks for reading this blog in 2020!Continue reading “Top 5 blogs of 2020”

Trans* today or yesterday? Andrea Lawlor’s ‘Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl’

In a 2017 book Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?, Heath Fogg Davis asks: ‘Why not use transgender experience to fundamentally question the social custom of administrating sex?'[1] Using a queer logic that has roots in poststructural theory—the intricacies of which don’t need elaborating here—Davis joins two arguments. First, he argues that sex-identity discrimination—which ‘involves judgmentsContinue reading “Trans* today or yesterday? Andrea Lawlor’s ‘Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl’”


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I’m Nick Taylor-Collins, an academic lecturing in English Literature at Cardiff Metropolitan University. On this blog I write about one of my specialisms: hyper-contemporary literature. I define this as brand-new writing that hasn’t (yet) gathered a critical consensus. My book, Judge for Yourself, is all about the topic, and this blog is intended as a partner to the book. See here if you want to know any more about me.

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