People who are closely associated with English literature would understand the significance of genre. Even those who are not being able to make a distinction between a war novel and a novel on someone’s life. However, when it comes to Carman Maria Machado, she gladly announces that she loves messing up the genres. To introduce her – Machado is an American essayist, short story writer, and well-known critic.
What her latest collection has to offer
Her Body and Other Parties, Machado’s latest collection of short stories has women’s bodies as the prime theme. In the stories, she writes about what ways women bodies are subjected to, what they have to deal with throughout their lives etc. This theme, in particular, the author confesses, is very attached to her. For most of her life, she has pondered upon this. Although, people are standing up to fight for their rights now, however, she feels that till date when it comes to women – they are quickly exposed to being public and their private space is neither well established nor recognized. She also feels that in time and again, throughout entire human history our women bodies have been oppressed.
Maria against myths and prejudices
When asked to Maria in an interview about her thoughts on the solitary writer, she says that the idea never got into her. She thinks that although it is very romantic to consider that in one’s solitariness, the person would somehow be blessed with some sort of divine inspiration but according to her, it is absolutely unreal. She adds that she is aware of the fact that people love to believe that idea but the charm would never really get her. Maria says that she has always drawn inspiration from several of the dead writers, though not directly but definitely through their works.
In today’s world wherepeople are always critical at every step, Maria has given them a platform to raise the question of her concept of making the genres tenuous. She has one simple answer to their critical eye; she does it because she loves it. As a child, she has loved reading stories of thrill, horror, fantasy, and fairytale and now, as a grown-up woman she loves delving into mysteries and erotica. Hence, as an obvious consequence, she blends all that is in her mind to shape up her work. In fact, she is quite against readers who rigidly cling to maintaining the genre. Rather, she loves messing up the genres and makes her works lack them in every inch. Her stories also include a lot of sexual activity, mostly queer. Maria explains that she writes about things that she wants to witness in the real world and her stories are a form of her wish fulfillment. And regarding sex, she is interested in making bodies real and therefore portrays them in the crude forms.
Her say on criticism
Kristen Roupenian’sCat Person received high criticism for not being the perfect story. Maria says that a story can never be perfect and it is definitely not the function of the author to serve a platter of perfect story imbibed with moral values because that is not fiction.