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BC Editions

BC Editions is the upcoming reincarnation of the Beyond Criticism book series, originally published by Bloomsbury and now being taken over by Boiler House Press. The series explores the radical new forms that literary criticism might take in the 21st century.

The series will launch in Spring 2020 with a set of five books, ‘The Type Set’, including new works by brilliant writers such as Steve Hansen and Robert Crawford.

The final list of five titles will be announced shortly. Watch this space!

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Each book will be accompanied by its own new section of the Beyond Criticism website, featuring an online ‘expansion’ or ‘explosion’ of the book. The exact form this will take will differ from book to book, but may include interviews, reflections, responses, rewritings, additional materials cut from earlier drafts, photographs and music – in each case a unique concoction of materials, mixing both inspirations for the book and responses to it.

The Type Set

The Type Set is the upcoming set of five new titles, which will launch the BC Editions series next spring. The name has multiple connotations, some tongue-in-cheek and some more serious. The creative-critical is a new ‘type’ of writing, one which expands and explodes the notion of what a ‘type’ (a ‘kind’, a ‘genre’) is. Each of the five books in the set does this in a different way, negotiating with different ‘types’ of writing (essays, criticism, sacred religious texts, archival material, pedagogical writing, drama, fiction) and ‘setting’ them against each other in new combinations, or else revealing those types of writing to be less ‘set’, less stable and fixed, than they first appear.

Furthermore, the name is a pun on ‘typeset’, the typesetting of a book forming a key part of the established publishing process; it thus alludes to the wider process of publishing as a means of bestowing authority on certain ideas and certain texts, of ‘setting’ them in place. The Type Set is both a part of this process and – through the variety of genre-resistant work displayed across the five titles, as well as through the online expansions of each book on the Beyond Criticism website – a resistance to it. The irony is that the BC Editions series, which seeks neither to impose strict limits on the type of work it publishes, nor to set the always unsettled idea of what ‘creative-criticism’ is, begins with a name which suggests both activities. From its inception, the series is aware of the risks inherent in its own nature.

Get in touch

If you have something you feel might be a fit for BC Editions, please get in contact with Boiler House Press here to discuss your ideas.

If you’d like to contribute materials to this section of the website – perhaps by writing, painting, recording or otherwise creating responses to one of the upcoming BC Editions books – please drop us a line at hello@beyondcriticism.net. We’d love to hear from you.