Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Midweek (Non)Fiction: Jen Miller, "Living Below and Between: Interstitiality and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere"

I believe that the literature of the fantastic ought to take itself seriously. Part of this, I believe, is intelligent literary criticism and rigorous academic analysis. Yet too often, academics who work on fantastic literature begin their analysis by either explaining the worthiness of the work in question, which reads like an apology, or by just directly apologizing working on fantastic literature in a serious fashion. Thankfully, the following piece does no such thing. It treats the text as worthy, thinks about it in an intelligent fashion, and asks the reader to do so as well.

The Interstitial Arts Foundation publishes Interfictions Zero, an ongoing collection of interstitial criticism on interstitial texts. It is an important set of criticism. The most recent piece in this series, "Living Below and Between: Interstitiality and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere,"  is by Fantasy Matters' own Editor in Chief, Jen Miller. I highly recommend it as the kind of smart, unapologetic criticism that those who work with the literature of the fantastic should aspire to.