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Christine Brooke-Rose's literary output includes five books of criticism and literary theory, sixteen novels, a collection of short stories, poetry, and an autobiography. She was an influential twentieth-century critic and theorist, and she is a "marvellously playful and difficult novelist," Bibliographic Citation link. pushing the limits of narration and representation. It can be grouped into three periods: the early satiric novels, the discourse novels, and the human-technology novels. These variously subvert the conventions of realist fiction through linguistic distortions (punning, misquotations), discursive grafting, and polysemous narration. The Dictionary of Literary Biography judges that, while her work does not adhere "to any single mode or school of expression," she can be regarded as postmodernist in the sense that her novels align themselves "with aspects of cybernetics, gender consciousness, and forms of intertextuality." Bibliographic Citation link.
16 January 1923 CBR was born in Geneva, Switzerland. Bibliographic Citation link.
By August 1986 CBR published with Carcanet her extraordinary Xorandor, a computer novel—not just about computers but partly written in programming language. Bibliographic Citation link.
By November 1991 CBR completed her "Intercom Quartet" of novels Bibliographic Citation link. with the publication of Textermination (a title she had been persuaded by her publisher not to use for what became Thru, 1975). Bibliographic Citation link.
2002 CBR published Invisible Author: Last Essays, intended as an analysis of the "seemingly new irrelevance of criticism," drawing her examples from her own work purely for reasons of convenience. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 March 2012 CBR died at the age of eighty-nine. Her publisher announced the death publicly online, but did not disclose whether it occurred at her home in the village of Cabrières d'Avignon, or elsewhere. Bibliographic Citation link.
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