Barbara Browning has a PhD in comparative literature from Yale University and teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She’s also a poet, a dancer, and an amateur ukuleleist.
I write works of fiction and cultural theory. Sometimes I like to confuse people about which is which.
Samba: Resistance in Motion *This was my first book, and it won the De la Torre Bueno Prize for the best book on dance in 1996.
Infectious Rhythm *This one is about African diasporic configurations of epidemia. It came out in 1998.
Who Is Mr. Waxman? *This is a free download of an audio novel - it was the first novel I wrote.
The Gift (or, Techniques of the Body) *This one came out in 2017. The New York Times said, ""[The Gift] is a smart, funny, heartbreaking and often sexy delight of a novel that presses hard against the boundaries of where literary and artistic performances begin and end." The New Yorker also liked it. It won a Lambda Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Clark Fiction Prize.
Caetano Veloso: A Foreign Sound *This one is in the 33 1/3 series from Bloomsbury. Also 2017.
Who the Hell is Imre Lodbrog? *This one was co-authored with Sebastien Regnier and came out in 2018. "It’s like being seated between the best dinner guests at a party of strangers." Seriously.
The Terrarium *I also wrote this with Sebastien Regnier. It's about eros and thanatos. Or frogs. It came out in 2022.
I read an extract from The Gift here.
It's about performative fiction.
that I made for I'm Trying to Reach You.
Barbara Browning, Author
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