About the Site

RhysTranter_LargeLogoRhysTranter.com is an independent website that celebrates modern and contemporary culture. The site comprises reviews, interviews, and a personal journal offering commentary and analysis across literature, film, music, and the arts. Intended for a general audience, the site aims to bring new ideas into focus in an entertaining and accessible way. In 2016, RhysTranter.com was selected to become part of the British Library’s permanent UK Web Archive.

RhysTranter.com has been linked to by a number of prominent cultural figures and organizations, including American Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for The New York Times Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Sir Ian McKellen, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Hari Kunzru, Kyle MacLachlan, Bruce Sterling, Neko Case, the Alfred Hitchcock estate, Glenn Gould Foundation, Oliver Sacks Foundation, David Lynch Foundation, Penguin Classics, Faber & Faber, Abacus Books, Grove Atlantic, Vintage Books, Everyman’s Library, The Guardian Books, Edinburgh Book Festival, The Cahiers Series, Edinburgh Book Festival, Henri Cole, Edward Hibbert, Maria Bamford, Open Culture, Brain Pickings, The Goldsmiths Prize, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press: Literature, The New York Review of Books, City Lights Bookstore, Stanford University Press, Music & Literature, Simon and Schuster, and Random House.

discover-badge-circle-rhystranter-comRhysTranter.com has also been featured as an Editor’s Pick on WordPress Discover. The selected piece was an interview with Carolyn Cocca for her book, Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation (Bloomsbury, 2016). Carolyn Cocca discussed how women superheroes are changing the we way think about contemporary femininity. You can find out more about the selection here.

About Me

Rhys Tranter
Rhys Tranter

I am a writer and Early Career Researcher currently based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. I write criticism across the arts, and specialise in twentieth-century and contemporary literature. My writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and a number of academic books and periodicals. I hold a BA, MA, and a PhD in English Literature. (See CV.)

In 2007, I started A Piece of Monologue, a website that won 3:AM Magazine Blog of the Year 2009. The site was referenced or linked to by a number of major cultural outlets, including The New YorkerThe GuardianBookforum, Le MondeThe Paris Review, 3:AM Magazine, Open Culture, The QuietusFlavorwire, Beckett International Foundation, The American ReaderSlate, Harvard University, Stanford University, The WireMax’s Kansas City, The VergeThe Spectator, BBC Ireland, Bloomsbury (Philosophy), and The Criterion Collection. RhysTranter.com is the new home of A Piece of Monologue.

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This website quotes from books, journals and newspapers with ‘fair use’ in mind, and always references authors and sources. If you are an author, publisher, artist, or agent representing material reproduced on this website, and you do not wish for it to be used, please let me know and I shall remove all material and associated links. Contact.


Books, magazines and journals reviewed on this website may have been received as complimentary copies from publishers or distributors. Unsolicited manuscripts may not be returned.