Sybil Unrest


By Larissa Lai & Rita Wong

Originally published by LINEBooks in 2008, Sybil Unrest draws out the interconnections between feminism, environmentalism, and personal-political responsibility, highlighting and questioning notions of "human" and "female" evident in contemporary North American culture. It does so by referencing "Popular cultural icons, political figures, business slogans, transnational corporations, and other presences in our media-saturated world [which] populate the lines," in the words of a reviewer from Asian-Am-Lit-Fans online journal . 

Yet Sybil Unrest is more than a glorious odyssey through contemporary culture. Reviewer Sophie Mayer, writing on her blog on Chroma, compares Sybil Unrest to works by Anne Carson and Mary Shelley. And Lauren Fournier, writing in the Fall 2011 issue of West Coast Line, draws attention to the way Sybil Unrest unlike the traditional avant-garde poetics, focused only on the cultural and aesthetic, expands outward into the cultural and political social worlds.

This book marks its space in 21st century poetics in indelible ink. The focus away from an "I" and onto an interactive and malleable subjective takes this foray into the avant-garde and makes it into "a critique of 'human' as a species", as Sonnet L'Abbe remarks in the Autumn 2011 issue of Canadian Literature,  "Sybil Unrest is clever, filled with delirious wordplay, deprecation and a subtle humour that will catch you unawares and make you laugh out loud."

***Watch a brief reading fom Sybil Unrest by authors Larissa Lai & Rita Wong...

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: New Star Books (Sept 2013)
ISBN-13: 9781554200696
Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1 cm