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“An Enormous Enigmatic Signifier”: Salah el Moncef’s Benghazi

In her Introduction to The Offering (2015), Mari Ruti characterizes Salah el Moncef’s extraordinary novel as a “gripping detective story of murder, mayhem, and mental illness.” At the same time, she is quick to explain that while readers may be rendered “breathless” by this layered, at times frenetic, narrative, it is hardly the novel’s only …

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Hong Kong and the Hope of Cosmopolitanism: Reading Xu Xi’s Monkey in Residence & Other Speculations

On or about the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, writing Twitter began to buzz with jokes about “the long 2020”—a riff on the convention in literary studies to speak of historical epochs like “the long eighteenth century.” (I can’t recall where I first saw the term, though it may well have been in a …

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Survival as a Creative Act: An Interview with Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth is the author of A Wake with Nine Shades (2019) and Her Read, A Graphic Poem (2021), both published by Texas Review Press. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, Cincinnati Review, and here at Michigan Quarterly Review (MQR Volume 53, Issue 3 and MQR Mixtape Issue 4). An …

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