Cover Photo: photo by monocat/flickr
photo by monocat/flickr

In Parentheses

“Parentheses can, as Woolf and Nabokov demonstrate, withstand single years and world wars.”

I. Expectations Lost and Formed in the Nineties

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Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West

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The Hours

To the Lighthouse


No punctuation begs more historical consideration than the parentheses, which can, as Woolf and Nabokov demonstrate, withstand single years and world wars. It seems natural that, in addition to looking at the origin of our punctuation, we too must consider its future.

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JoAnna Novak writes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, I Must Have You, will be published in 2017.