Alice Butler

Alice Butler is an interdisciplinary writer and scholar based in the School of Arts and Humanities at the Royal College of Art who specialises in the intersections of recent and contemporary feminist and queer art, writing, and theoretical practices. Her creative and critical (often cross-genre/cross-historical) work activates reparative forms of correspondence to get closer to embodied states, encounters, and scenes of writing, desire, sickness, and love. This is central to recent projects, which include the article ‘Fan Letters of Love’ (Fandom as Methodology: A Sourcebook for Artists and Writers, 2019), the article ‘“Have you tried it with three? Have you?” Ann Quin, Love Triangles, and the Affects of Art/Writing,” in Capacious: A Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry (2021), essays in art writing anthologies ON CARE (2020) and ON FIGURE/S (2021), and a collaborative letter writing performance/publication project on/with the sick women of art history (with Gemma Blackshaw, 2020-ongoing). She is currently finalising two books: a monograph on the sick pleasures and epistolary desires of Kathy Acker and Cookie Mueller’s autofictional archives and an edited collection on gesture in interdisciplinary feminist practice (both forthcoming). She is also at work on a new book that explores the minor intimacies of found materials in feminist art and writing practices, with an essay drawn from this research recently appearing in Map Magazine (‘Too Likeable (To the Side of Rosemary Mayer)’, 2022).


Blackshaw & Butler perform epistolary exchanges across time to theorise letter writing as feminist care, enveloping sickness into love.



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