The Brooklyn Rail:      Mary Ann Caws Reviews Meeka Walsh’s “Malleable Forms, Selected Essays”

Border Crossings is pleased to note that Malleable Forms (ARP Books), the recent collection of selected essays written by Editor, Meeka Walsh, has been reviewed by Mary Ann Caws in the June issue of New York-based arts and culture publication, The Brooklyn Rail.

Caws writes:

“This collection feels at once familiar and instructive—where we have been, what we have seen, whom we have loved. How wonderful it is to grasp the most seemingly insignificant detail and weave an entire text around it!”

An adept and prolific art historian, literary critic, and translator, Caws’ extraordinary career has spanned decades and countless topics. As an expert on Surrealism and 20th-century English and French literature, her publications are wide-ranging and include anthologies of poetry and Surrealist writings, as well as biographies of Pablo Picasso, Virginia Woolf, and Robert Motherwell.

The relationship between image and text is an integral theme in her work, and of Malleable Forms she notes: “Every quote serves every image… What Walsh manages to create out of the storm of references and readings is something of a marvel.”

The Introduction to Malleable Forms is by noted critic and writer Barry Schwabsky.

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature, English, and French at the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

Read the full review here.

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