As structural and post-structural writings proliferate, so do their themes and recurrent imagery: repetition (the very notion of recurrent imagery) and (dis/re)placement; linear (dis)courses; binaries between epistemic certainty/perspective, understanding/interpretation, and discursive interiority/exteriority; and the (a/de/re)centered structure. This study explores the labyrinths and its tropes of repetition, horizon, vertical motions of translation, and the search for/imagining of center. These elements are contextualized within Sir Richard F. Burton's translation of The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Jorge Luis Borges's short story "Et cetera," and Mark Z. Danielewski's novel House of Leaves. The application of labyrinthine methodology to these texts reveals that the labyrinth facilitates the blurring of binaries, breaking(-)through walls and boundaries and existing in the gappy spaces in between.
Nelson, Jordan, "Na(RR/VIG)ating the Labyrinth: Literary Imaginings of Repetition, Course, Horizon, and Center in the Form of the Labyrinth" (2012). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 467.
English Language and Literature
labyrinth, the book of the thousand nights and a night, jorge luis borges, et cetera, mark z. danielewski, house of leaves, repetition, center, horizon
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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