New Everett Publication Forthcoming
Everett fans won’t want to miss his genre-bending Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoke, VA, 1843: Annotated From the Library of John C. Calhoun, which Red Hen Press is scheduled to release on January 15, 2019.
First Everett Monograph Due out in May 2019
A long awaited Everett monograph will appear in April 2019. Authored by Derek Maus, Jesting in Earnest: Percival Everett and Menippean Satire(U of South Carolina Press) offers a detailed overview of Everett’s long and varied career prior to the critic’s examining 14 of the author’s novels and several of his shorter works. Maus uses the lens of Menippean satire as a vehicle to support his analysis of Everett’s aim to stimulate thoughtful interpretation unfettered by presumptions, including those involving “race,” in his writing.
Special Journal Issue Devoted to Everett Appearing Soon
The Spring 2019 number of the journal AfricanAmericanReviewwill be devoted to Everett scholarship. Guest-edited by Joe Weixlmann and Anthony Stewart, and introduced by Stewart, the issue features seven essays which range broadly across the Everett canon. In “Retracing the Hype about Hyper into Percival Everett,” Zach Linge deploys the work of François-Marie-Charles Fourier by way of discussing both the heavily allusive nature of Everett’s stories and the complex relationship between hypertext and the function of the narrator. Judith Roof and Joe Weixlmann follow with very different takes on Everett’s most recent novel, So Much Blue, although both focus on the book’s painterly dimensions as they work to plumb its depth of feeling and meaning. Leah Milne’s “Intimate Realities and Necessary Fictions in Percival Everett by Virgil Russell” then confronts the challenge of one of Everett’s most moving novels, taking on the under-discussed notion of intimacy as it is represented in the novel, and how this sometimes ineffable emotional capacity contributes to broader understandings of African American identity. Also carrying an undertone of intimacy, although in this case between mother and toddler, Johannes Kohrs tackles what might arguably be described as Everett’s most dizzying novel in “Notes of a Native Novelist: Institutional Blackness and Critical Uplift in Percival Everett’s Self-Help Satire Glyph.” Next, James Donahue offers a compelling reading of an early Everett text, God’s Country, by way of “laying a foundation to read not only this one novel, or even Everett’s body of work as a whole, but perhaps all fiction that consciously engages race.” And this worthwhile, ambitious enterprise is then followed by respected Everett scholar Michel Feith’s “Philosophy Embedded in Space: Rethinking the Frontier in Percival Everett’s Western Novels,” in which Feith puts Frederick Jackson Turner’s theory of the frontier into conversation with John Locke’s thinking about individualism and Colonial America in order to examine what Everett’s representations of the frontier in his Western novels might have to tell us about familiar claims of manifest destiny and American identity.