Swashbuckling folk hero Jack Sheppard gets a postmodern makeover in Jordy Rosenberg’s Confessions of the Fox. The story swirls around a transgender academic who discovers a long-lost, gender-defying exposé of the 18th-century London renegade’s adventures. It has been called “a cunning metafiction of vulpine versatility” (The New Yorker), “so goddamned good” (Carmen Maria Machado), and “a joyous mash-up of literary genres shot through with queer theory and awash in sex, crime, and revolution” (The New York Times). Rosenberg discusses his daring debut in conversation with Jessica Kean.
Jordy Rosenberg (International)
Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox – a New York Times Editor's Choice selection, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and a Publishing Triangle Award. Confessions has been recognized by many publications including The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Books of 2018. Jordy is an Associate Professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Jessica Kean (Australian)
Jessica Kean is a lecturer at the University of Sydney, specialising in Gender and Cultural Studies, and Interdisciplinary Education. She has contributed to public debate on gender and sexuality through articles in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Drum, Archer and The Conversation, and appearances on TripleJ and Tonightly. Her research on sex, love and intimacy (with a focus on marginalised sexual and relationship practices) appears in a number of prominent academic journals.