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Eurydice in the Underworld

By Kathy Acker


American novelist Kathy Acker concentrates on the cultural madness that invaded life during the post-war period.  Her texts are, like many postmodern novels, fragmented and lacking linear narrative.  In this respect, she directly mimics the experience of madness in the form, context and content of her books. "Essential Acker" is a great place to start accessing her works, while "Empire of the Senseless " focuses more explicitly (and coherently) on madness and paranoia. "Eurydice in the Underworld" is a collection of essays, fictional pieces and autobiographical parts which provides an insight into Acker’s own views on literary and literal madness.

Key Themes:

  • Anxiety
  • Postmodern Madness
  • Psychosis
  • Revealing Reads
  • Schizophrenia

Reference: Kathy, Acker. 1997. Eurydice in the Underworld. London: Arcadia Books, 1997


- Charley Baker
Date Review Submitted: Friday 20th March 2009