She Who Lies Above

By (author): Beatriz Hausner

In She Who Lies Above, Beatriz Hausner brings Hypatia of Alexandria, the fourth-century Byzantine mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, to life. She does so through layered ventriloquism: publishing amorous correspondence from the feminist icon’s friend and former student, Synesius of Cyrene, and scribing Hypatia’s replies in turn.

These letters are “discovered” by Bettina Ungaro, a librarian and archivist by day and poet by night. She, in turn, collates the correspondence to build a vision of the couple’s relationship while writing a kind of postmodern critique of contemporary book and reading culture. These interjections both borrow from and juxtapose writing from ancient times, and, in doing so, explore the evolution of modern knowledge keeping.

The result is a rigorous, hyper-layered collection of poems that are elegiac and erotic; steeped in appreciation for a life of books and the technical and transcendent brilliance their authors can exhibit.

AUTHOR

Beatriz Hausner

BEATRIZ HAUSNER was born in Chile and immigrated to Canada with her family when she was a teenager. She is the author of many poetry books, including She Who Lies Above, Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, and Enter the Raccoon. Her writing has been published widely and her books have been published internationally and translated into several languages, including her native Spanish, French, Dutch, and Greek. Hausner, who is trilingual, served three terms as President of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and was Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission. She was also a founding publisher of Quattro Books. Hausner lives in Toronto.


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Dimensions:

109 Pages
8.00in * 6.00in * .25in
1.00gr
.40lb

Published:

November 07, 2023

Publisher:

Book*hug Press

ISBN:

9781771668200

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Women Authors

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Language:

eng

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