October 31, 2004

Dave Ciccoricco on Victory Garden

Stuart Moulthrop's Victory Garden recalls that first Iraq war, and Dave Ciccoricco, writing in EBR, looks at its political critique.

A lot of this struck me as obvious -- I think the politics of Victory Garden and its tribute to Pynchon lie on the surface, where Ciccoricco seems to think readers might overlook them in the glare of Borgesian allusions. But Ciccoricco (who teaches at the University of Canterbury in Cristchurch, New Zealand) reveals an interesting and unremarked divide in the hypertext literature; many of the best-known recent readings of Victory Garden have been composed by non-American critics. Koskimaa, Klastrup. That's odd: Moulthrop is a very American writer.