“Image, Text, Image & Text, and Other Textual Innovations: A List of Books” by Jason S Polley

Editor’s note: On Thursday 26 November 2020, Dr Jason S Polley took part in the discussion “Ekphrasis City Poetics: Art and Text“, which was part of this year’s One City One Book Hong Kong programme, focusing on Xi Xi and her novel My City specifically. The event was a collaboration with the Hong Kong-based literary journal Cha: An Asian Literary Journal; the discussion was filmed at Bleak House Books and was streamed live online. Other speakers were artist Elizabeth Briel and scholar Dr Antony Huen, moderated by Dr Tammy Lai-Ming Ho. Here, Jason shares with us the list of books he talked about during the panel discussion. (Photographs of the event by Oliver Farry.)

l-r: Jason S Polley (speaker), Tammy Lai-Ming Ho (moderator), Elizabeth Briel (speaker) and Antony Huen (speaker).

Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy (1759-67).
Non-periodised postmodernism.

Julio Cortazar’s Hop-scotch (1963).
Choose-your-own-adventure conceit.

Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 (1965).
The cultural puzzle of/around a simple symbol.

William H Gass’ The Tunnel  (1995).
The intrigue and horror—and inescapability—of a historian’s interiority.

Edmund Morris’ Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan (1999).
The fictional in the service of the nonfictional.

Gordon Sheppard’s HA! A Self-Murder Mystery (2003).
A biography in Screenplay form with removable postcards, letters, and other cultural detritus.

JJ Abrams & Doug Dorst’s S. (2013).
A text composed of unreliable paratexts; replete with removable cultural detritus.

Jason S Polley, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Elizabeth Briel, Antony Huen, and Lian-Hee Wee (in a light green T-shirt).

Jason S Polley, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, and Elizabeth Briel.

Jason S Polley discussing Xi Xi’s My City.



Jason S Polley is Associate Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature. [Click here to read all entries by JSP.]

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