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The Letters of Mina Harker (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) (Paperback)

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By Dodie Bellamy, Emily Gould (Introduction by)
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Bellamy's debut novel revives the central female character from Bram Stoker's Dracula and imagines her as an independent woman living in San Francisco during the 1980s.

Hypocrisy's not the problem, I think, it's allegory the breeding ground of paranoia. The act of reading into--how does one know when to stop? KK says that Dodie has the advantage because she's physical and I'm "only psychic." ... The truth is: everyone is adopted. My true mother wore a turtleneck and a long braid down her back, drove a Karmann Ghia, drank Chianti in dark corners, fucked Gregroy Corso ...
--Dodie Bellamy, The Letters of Mina Harker

First published in 1998, Dodie Bellamy's debut novel The Letters of Mina Harker sought to resuscitate the central female character from Bram Stoker's Dracula and reimagine her as an independent woman living in San Francisco during the 1980s--a woman not unlike Dodie Bellamy. Harker confesses the most intimate details of her relationships with four different men in a series of letters. Vampirizing Mina Harker, Bellamy turns the novel into a laboratory: a series of attempted transmutations between the two women in which the real story occurs in the gaps and the slippages. Lampooning the intellectual theory-speak of that era, Bellamy's narrator fights to inhabit her own sexuality despite feelings of vulnerability and destruction. Stylish but ruthlessly unpretentious, The Letters of Mina Harker was Bellamy's first major claim to the literary space she would come to inhabit.

About the Author


Dodie Bellamy's writing focuses on sexuality, politics and narrative experimentation, challenging the distinctions between fiction, the essay and poetry. In 2018-2019 she was the subject of On Our Mind, a yearlong series of public events, commissioned essays and reading-group meetings organized by CCA Wattis ICA. Her 2015 essay collection When the Sick Rule the World will be followed in 2021 by Bee Reaved, a new essay collection circling around grief, loss and abandonment. With Kevin Killian, she co-edited Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997. A compendium of essays on Bellamy's work, Dodie Bellamy Is on Our Mind, was published in 2020 by Wattis ICA/Semiotext(e).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781635901597
ISBN-10: 1635901596
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents