PJ Harvey's Rid of Me: A Story (33 1/3)

PJ Harvey's Rid of Me: A Story (33 1/3)

By: Kate Schatz (author)Paperback

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'Songs are there for the people, to be used by people, in any way they want to use them.' (Polly Jean Harvey, 1993) This book takes Polly Jean at her word. Kate Schatz puts together a collection of stories that is weird, dark, and seductive in its portrayals of women, kidnapping, love, sex, isolation and power. Each story begins and ends with the first and last line of each song, and many of the remaining song lyrics will appear throughout each piece. Rid of Me lends itself easily and readily to a literary interpretation. Musically, apt comparisons have been made to everything from Beefheart and Patti Smith to vintage Delta Blues and Celtic punk. But lyrically and emotionally, Rid of Me deserves other comparisons: there is the gothic horror of Shirley Jackson and Poe, the confessional pain of Plath, the carnality of NiN, and the sardonic wit of Dorothy Parker. Harvey employs specific literary devices: repetition and allusion as well as recurring tropes, themes and images (size/measurements, bleeding, desire, body parts, skin) and a penchant for myth and archetypes (fire, hair, hands, Mary, the moon, queens, kings). Schatz does the same. The 33 1/3 series is acclaimed for experimenting with different ways of writing about music. This book will bolster that reputation further.

About Author

Kate Schatz has worked as an editor for many noted literary journals and is currently a founding editor of Encyclopedia, a forthcoming hardcover book series that seeks to combine the reference book, art book and literary journal in the service of contemporary fiction. She is an award-winning writer of short fiction and she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826427786
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9780826427786
  • ISBN10: 0826427782

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