Great Expectations

Kathy Acker

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Kathy Acker

Pip switches identities, sexes, and centuries in Kathy Acker’s brilliant experimental explosion of literature, sex and art. Great Expectations is a punk, fairytale reimagining of Charles Dickens’s original masterpiece. Pip, our narrator -familiar and unfamiliar - is transplanted to New York City in the 1980s; an orphan whose adventures incorporate desire, gender and identity, the dislocation between sex and love, art and creativity, social unrest, feminism, porn and sadism. She/he becomes a sailor, a pirate, a rebeland an outlaw. Kathy Acker is a literary anarchist and here she is at the very top of her riotous game.

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