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Letters of Mina Harker

ISBN-10: 0299206742

ISBN-13: 9780299206741

Edition: 2004

Authors: Dodie Bellamy, Dennis Cooper

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nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;In Dodie Bellamy's imagined "sequel" to Bram Stoker's fin de siècle masterpiece Dracula, Van Helsing's plain Jane secretarial adjunct, Mina Harker, is recast as a sexual, independent woman living in San Francisco in the 1980s. The vampire Mina Harker, who possesses the body of author Dodie Bellamy, confesses the most intimate details of her relationships with four vastly different men through past letters. Simultaneously, a plague is let loose in San Francisco-the plague of AIDS. Bigger-than-life, half goddess, half Bette Davis, Mina sends letter after letter to friends and co-conspirators, holding her reader captive through a display of illusion and longing. Juggling quivering vulnerability on one hand and gossip on the other, Mina spoofs and consumes and spews back up demented reembodiments of trash media and high theory alike. It's all fodder for her ravenous libido and "a messy ambiguous place where pathology meets pleasure." Sensuous and captivating, The Letters of Mina Harker describes one woman's struggles finding the right words to explain her desires and fears without confining herself to one identity.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 9/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 226
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Dodie Bellamy is a novelist, nonfiction author, journalist and editor, known for her non-traditional use of sexuality, politics, and narrative experimentation. Her work is frequently associated with that of Dennis Cooper, Kathy Acker, and Eileen Myles. She is one of the originators in the New Narrative literary movement, which attempts to use the tools of experimental fiction and critical theory and apply them to narrative storytelling. Her Ugly Duckling chapbook BARF MANIFESTO was named best book of 2009 under 30 pages by Time Out New York . Other books include the buddhist , ACADEMONIA, Pink Steam , THE LETTERS OF MINA HARKER, and CUNT-UPS, which won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for poetry. Recent projects include CUNT NORTON (Les Figues, 2013), in which she takes the second edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry and sexualizes it in the language of porn and desire; NEW NARRATIVE: 1975-1995, a Nightboat Books anthology she's editing with Kevin Killian; and When the Sick Rule the World , her third collection of essays, forthcoming from Semiotext(e). Her reflections on the Occupy Oakland movement, "The Beating of Our Hearts," was published as a chapbook in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and THE TV SUTRAS was released by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2014.