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Kelso, Sylvia (1998) MS found on a checkout counter. Paradoxa: studies in world literary genres, 4 (11). pp. 253-268.

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This issue of Para.Doxa sought submissions on texts that “transgress” the creative/critical boundary from either direction, and which might themselves prove “marriages of critical and fictional discourse” (Attebery, 26.4.97) The discourse of the call for papers, however, is sited as firmly within academia as the journal itself, with its practices of editorial scrutiny, refereeing, rewriting and proof-reading, which guarantee the contents are “genuine.” When prodded for a possible submission, I thought naively that I need only produce a piece of ficto-criticism, a metafiction about metafiction, which, having been rejected or tempered in this furnace, would, to mix metaphors, cut gaily through the bordergates and settle safely far inside the land of academe.

Yet almost at once this border developed a two-way traffic. First, the attraction of writing a metafictional piece about Stephen King’s most metafictional novel became the temptation to put words in the mouth of his most terrible female monster: to let her write back, making her own redress of a horror writer’s gynophobia. But quite quickly came a counter-impulse to undercut and interrogate the very academic discourses that would rehabilitate Annie, by recycling them through the mouth of this murderous female naif, who would now function as a theorists’ Candide.

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