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Radical Kinships: An Anthology of Autocritical Writing

Co-edited with Jenny Heijun Wills and Joshua Whitehead (in preparation)

In the autocritical, like metanarrative, the text draws attention to its status as text, but here the author too draws attention to their role as narrator, to the act of writing. The autocritical, then, acts as a bridge between the creative and the critical, the affective and the theoretical. The essays and contributions featured in this volume highlight some of the opportunities afforded by autocritical approaches to knowledge creation; they also gesture to some of the shortcomings. We contend that the autocritical, what Indigenous author and critic Gerald Vizenor considers an act of “survivance,” is a meaningful tool for critics and writers working through issues related to non-conventional, radical kinship (including adoption, fostering, surrogacy, and donorship). Made up of both critical essays and creative interventions, this collection explores autocritical writing and analyzes the (sometimes problematic) relationships it creates between writers and readers.