The Guardian: Olivia Sudjic talks refocusing the spotlight on female writers

What does exposure mean for a female writer? It’s a question with which the novelist Olivia Sudjic grapples in a new book-length personal essay, Exposure, just released by the crowdfunded publisher Peninsula Press (Click here to grab your own copy). In this blend of memoir and critical analysis, Sudjic interrogates her own anxiety around the issue, reflecting on the social media age and critically appraising some of the most urgent contemporary writing by women. In doing so, she references a new canon of sorts, encompassing fiction and non-fiction (and the autofiction that resides between), which includes work by Rachel Cusk, Roxane Gay, Sheila Heti, Chris Kraus and Elena Ferrante.

“Although I didn’t want it to be writerly, there wasn’t that much in the way of very contemporary essays about writing,” Sudjic tells me. “There are lots of books and essays about what it means to be a writer in, say, the 1980s, but not many from the social media age.”

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