Jeff Bursey

Canadian writer Jeff Bursey's reviews and critical articles have appeared in American Book Review, Books in Canada, Literary Review (England), Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal, Paper Empire: William Gaddis and the World System (co-authored paper), The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and Quarter After Eight. His fiction has won awards and two of his plays have been performed.

"A realm forever beyond reach": William Vollmann's Expelled from Eden and Poor People


Jeff Bursey argues for a coherent, if unlikely, set of predecessors for William T. Vollmann: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Blaise Cendrars, and John Cowper Powys. In the process of tracing this genealogy, Bursey defends Vollmann against critics who attack his alleged objectification of his subjects - prostitutes, the poor, and victims of violence.