Monday, January 26, 2009


February, 2017:

An interview with celebrated Sikh / Canadian writer Jaspreet Singh on my Arabian Nights book collection, and the single bookcase (most of) it is housed in.

Bronwyn Lloyd: Arabian Nights bookcase (3/2/17)

October, 2016:

My new Massey University Creative Writing course, 139.329: Advanced Fiction Writing, uses the 1001 Nights as a paradigm to help students explore a variety of approaches to writing stories. Major topics include: The Fantastic, Magic Realism, Metafiction, Collage & Cut-ups, and New Wave SF. Let's hope it's as much fun to teach as it has been putting it all together!

Gustave Doré: Sinbad the Sailor (1865)

February, 2013:

My new entry about Craig Thompson's recent graphic novel Habibi, on the Acquisitions page of my bibliography blog A Gentle Madness sees his work as justified within the genre it inhabits, rejecting the accusations of "self-conscious Orientalism" which some have levelled against his work.

Craig Thompson: Habibi (2011)

December, 2010:

My new post, "How do you make a single-volumed Arabian Nights?" is an attempt to sum up the various attempts made to date, together with my own suggestion for an updated Portable Arabian Nights.

Joseph Campbell, ed.: The Portable Arabian Nights (1952)

July, 2009:

The post I've put up here, "Orientalism and its Enemies, or The Empire Strikes Back," is a reaction to reading Robert Irwin's latest book For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies. To put it mildly, I don't find his attack on Edward Said's classic text Orientalism particularly cogent or convincing.

Robert Irwin: For Lust of Knowing (2006)

February, 2009:

I've been meaning for quite some time to do a post on the various Arabian Nights comics, gamebooks & other oddities I've collected to date. The seven I list here range from classic Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge comics from the 50s to the latest Korean "manhwa" versions.

December, 2008:

The appearance of Malcolm (& Ursula) Lyons' complete, 3-volume complete translation of the 1001 Nights in the Penguin Classics is a milestone in the history of the collection in English. I've written a review of it here.

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