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Title: The reconnoiter inward : interiority and spatial aesthetics in the novels of Don DeLillo and J.M. Coetzee
Author: Da Cunha Lewin, Katherine
ISNI:       0000 0004 7425 4118
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2018
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The novel, as I will show, has an historic association with the interior. In its emergence through what Ian Watt refers to as ‘realist particularity,' the novel allowed new access to the interior lives of human beings. As I discuss, this interiority is both real and imagined, a means of giving shape to life in modernity. This shaping, however, not only affects the depiction of interior spaces in fiction, but the space of fiction itself. In this, I suggest, we find a complex literary architecture that is foundational to the western canon. I trace how this elastic interiority has been imagined in the work of Don DeLillo and J. M. Coetzee. My project reads the work of my chosen others together as a way of drawing attention to their shared investment in literary architecture. I will firstly outline the history of interiority in the novel from the house of fiction of Henry James and the interior architecture of Edith Wharton, to the modernist dismantling of novelistic geography in Franz Kafka. I focus on the work of Samuel Beckett whose radical reimaging of literary geography not only questioned the space of fiction but the ethics of looking for a fictional subject. In my second and third chapter, I outline the legacy literary architecture has had throughout DeLillo and Coetzee's oeuvre. In my conclusion, I read two novels—Point Omega and Disgrace respectively—as a way of mapping their challenge to the boundaries of contemporary global politics and its invasion into interior life.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PR9369.3.C58 Coetzee, J. M., 1940- ; PS3554.E4425 DeLillo, Don