8th October 2020 by

Page Breaks: Malfunctioning Sex Robot – the Art of the Scathing Review

Page Breaks this week will be on Wed 14 October at 1pm. We’ll be thinking about the art of a scathing review – and what we do with authors whose work is admired by some and reviled by others.  Our text this week is Patricia Lockwood’s 2019 review of John Updike’s fiction, “Malfunctioning Sex Robot“.

“I was hired​ as an assassin. You don’t bring in a 37-year-old woman to review John Updike in the year of our Lord 2019 unless you’re hoping to see blood on the ceiling.”

Text (Reading)

  • Patricia Lockwood, “Malfunctioning Sex Robot” (LRB, 2019)
  • There’s also an audio version of the article on the same page. 
  • If the link is not accessible for you, you can access the reading on our texts page (email d.butchard@bham.ac.uk for the password).
  • Thanks to Liam Harrison for suggesting our text this week!

Time and Place

  • Wed 14 October, 1 pm
  • Zoom: Link (Password: pagebreaks)

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon! This event is run by Dorothy Butchard and Toria Johnson (d.butchard@bham.ac.uk and t.johnson@bham.ac.uk). Please email us if you have any questions, but you’re welcome to just turn up.

About Page Breaks

This is an informal weekly reading group within the Department of English Literature. All welcome! https://blog.bham.ac.uk/englitpostgrad/page-breaks/