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House of Leaves


Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves drew American literature into the 21st century upon its online serial publication in the year 2000 by forcing us to examine the transformations of literature in the era of technology and the exchange between the written word and the digital realm.

HOUSE OF LEAVES

 

Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves drew American literature into the 21st century upon its online serial publication in the year 2000 by forcing us to examine the transformations of literature in the era of technology and the exchange between the written word and the digital realm. Danielewski’s use of ergodic text, defying the linear expectations of traditional English prose, pays homage to some of his literary predecessors like Cervantes and Lewis Carroll while still pushing the limits to extend what is possible in the literature of our time. We will explore the complex language, presentation, and content of the text as we work to examine Danielewski’s position in the modern literary canon and how House of Leaves interacts with the literature and culture of its past, present, and future.

Participants will be expected to attend weekly meetings to discuss the assigned section of reading (approximately 80-100 pages per week). To join, please email hsilverb@haverford.edu by THURSDAY, MARCH 19TH with the following information:

  1. What is your name, class year, and major?
  2. Why are you interested in joining this reading group?

Oganized by Hannah Silverblank. Sponsored by the Hurford Humanities Center.

Originally posted at: http://www.haverford.edu/news/stories/17591/11