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Genius is of small use to a woman who does not know how to do her hair

blogPost, 02/01/2012

dédicace 2011 - Ice

Ian Hamilton papers


The Alexander Turnbull Library is the research library within the National Library of New Zealand.

Peter Owen Ltd.: A Preliminary Inventory


Peter Owen's papers including correspondance and materials related to Anna Kavan.

Anna Kavan’s Nocturnal Language

blogPost, 19/10/08

work & life

Amongst those left: the british experimental novel 1940-1980

book, 2012


A Writer's Ruminations


quote Asylum

Nocturnal Transgressions in The House of Sleep : Anna Kavan's Maternal Registers

journalArticle, summer 1994

Despite the critical attention feminist theorists have paid both to redefining the boundaries of modernism and to recuperating "lost" twentieth-century women writers, there remains a conspicuous neglect of British experimentalists, among them, Anna Kavan (19021968).2 Although Kavan published ten of her eighteen novels and short-story collections between 1929 and 1947, the critical evaluation so far evades serious consideration of her placement in the history of modernist fiction by women; instead, it has focused on Kavan herself as a literary curiosity, driven by a raving solipsism.3

Ornithology and Ontology: The Existential Birdcall in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Anna Kavan's Who Are You?

journalArticle, 23 Nov 2012

This essay explores textual parallels between Anna Kavan's novel Who Are You? (1963) and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea (1966). Paying close attention to the interrogative birdcall that haunts both texts, it examines how (post-)colonial situations and the experiences of namelessness and marital sexual violence lead Rhys's and Kavan's protagonists to doubts about their identity and existence.

Heroin, madness and men: a hell of a life

newspaperArticle, September 3, 2001

Self-loathing, abuse and drug addiction plagued novelist Anna Kavan but also inspired her best work, says Virginia Ironside. It's time her genius was recognised.

The Brian Aldiss Archive


The collection is comprised of various typescripts and materials of Brian Wilson Aldiss 1925-., science fiction author.


blogPost, 06/09/11

Kavan's Work

Little Ice Age

encyclopediaArticle, 2016-08-22T00:02:11Z

The Little Ice Age (LIA) was a period of cooling that occurred after the Medieval Warm Period (Medieval Climate Optimum). While it was not a true ice age, the term was introduced into the scientific literature by François E. Matthes in 1939. It has been conventionally defined as a period extending from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, or alternatively, from about 1300 to about 1850, although climatologists and historians working with local records no longer expect to agree on either the start or end dates of this period, which varied according to local conditions. The NASA Earth Observatory notes three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, each separated by intervals of slight warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report considered the timing and areas affected by the LIA suggested largely independent regional climate changes, rather than a globally synchronous increased glaciation. At most there was modest cooling of the Northern Hemisphere during the period. Several causes have been proposed: cyclical lows in solar radiation, heightened volcanic activity, changes in the ocean circulation, an inherent variability in global climate, or decreases in the human population.

Experimental and semi-autobiographical novels of the 1930s and ’40s written by Jean Rhys, Elizabeth Bowen, Stevie Smith, and Anna Kavan

thesis, in progress

My doctoral dissertation explores experimental and semi-autobiographical novels of the 1930s and ’40s written by Jean Rhys, Elizabeth Bowen, Stevie Smith, and Anna Kavan with a focus on language, narrative self-reflexivity, and the subject’s ambivalence about her gender, national, and cultural identity.

Stranger Still: The Works of Anna Kavan

book, 2012


Lesser known Masterpieces of Literary Smut

blogPost, 27/10/2012

Ice by Anna Kavan – not conventionally erotic but hauntingly sadistic and compelling. Woman and man in pursuit of each other, a world encroached by ice, a prisoner escaping her jailer.The ice is encroaching global winter but also the white powder Kavan couldn’t do without