Thalia Field (born 1966) is an American author known for innovative fiction and interdisciplinary literature. She teaches experimental fiction and interdisciplinary performance at Brown University. Her most recent novel, Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction), published by Solid Objects (NY) is a collage-based and genre-blending novel that explores the origins of both experimental literature and modern experimental bio-medicine. Based on the marriage of Claude and Fanny Bernard, the novel also features women activists who have been overlooked in science history and focuses particularly on the living animal body in pain (vivisection) as foundational to the history of physiology.
Field has also published four books of experimental writing with New Directions Publishing, most recently Personhood, which is the companion volume to Bird Lovers, Backyard from 2010. She has published a lyric essay, A Prank of Georges, with Essay Press, with co-author Abigail Lang, followed by another experimental essay collaboration, Leave to Remain (Legends of Janus), with Dalkey Archive in 2020.
A "performance novel", ULULU (Clown Shrapnel), published by Coffee House Press 2007, tells the ficto-critical biography of the character "Lulu" in innovative and musical prose, calling to mind Joyce's Finnegans Wake.
- "Context N°18: Interview with Thalia Field". Dalkeyarchive.com. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
- Between the Covers: http://www.davidnaimon.com/2017/05/02/thalia-field-experimental-animals/
- Bomb Magazine: Fanny's Lament -- An extra chapter of Experimental Animals (commissioned by BOMB)
- Slate: Emily Anthes on Frankenstein and Vivisection
- The Rumpus: Interview with Jenny Boully about Experimental Animals
- A mini-interview with Thalia Field at The Believer
- An experimental theater piece by Field, "Experimental Theater Is history! (The Photo and Infinite Play)"
- Hermeneutics beyond the Species Boundary Explanation and Understanding in Animal Narratives, by David Herman
- The Question of Evolution in the Buddhist Ecology of Thalia Field’s Bird Lovers, Backyard, by Gillian Parrish Washington University, St. Louis
- Backward/Forward, Thalia Field's Metanarratives, by Jan Baetens, Éric Trudel
- Use Everything: An Interview with Thalia Field, by Jorge Armenteros