Recorded Interviews with Postmodern and Contemporary American Writers from the Larry McCaffery Papers


San Diego State University proposes to digitize 183 audio cassette tapes containing interviews with well-known contemporary American and postmodern writers conducted by Larry McCaffery, professor emeritus of English at San Diego State University (SDSU) and postmodern literary critic. Interviewees include innovative writers such as Raymond Federman, Mark Danielewski, Joanna Russ, Ursula LeGuin, Samuel Delany, David Foster Wallace, and more. These tapes provide insight into their writing processes and influences, and document McCaffery's unique interview process. The Larry McCaffery Papers are currently in the final phase of processing with the tapes arranged into their own subseries. This project will allow for the digitization of these interviews, which will be made freely available to the public via SDSU's digital platform and the collection finding aid. This resource will enhance research in postmodern literature, the literary interview, cyberpunk studies, contemporary American literature, science fiction, and American cultural studies.


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San Diego State University Research Foundation, Library and Information Access


  • Ms. Amanda Lanthorne (San Diego State University)
  • Ms. Melissa Lamont


273 recorded hours