The War That Never Happened

Sankar, Nandini Ramesh and Alexander, V. Neethi (2021) The War That Never Happened. English Language Notes, 59 (2). pp. 35-49. ISSN 0013-8282

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This article examines Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves (2000), a gothic novel that augments its postmodernist credentials by preemptively imagining and representing the theoretical gaze that would otherwise have been directed on itself. The article suggests that despite the novel’s intense performance of self-reflexivity, it demonstrates a traumatic suppression of its own immediate historical conditions, particularly its temporal proximity to the events of the First Gulf War. This article thus reads the text’s telling silences and its thematization of uncanny spatial violations as indexing a minimally acknowledged guilt over the war in Iraq. The novel’s slippages in self-awareness not only point to an avoidance of its own scotomized history but also foreground the shifting boundaries and dispersed locations of textual self-consciousness. © 2021 Regents of the University of Colorado

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gothic; Gulf War; House of Leaves; Mark Z. Danielewski; Trauma
Subjects: Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: . LibTrainee 2021
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2022 12:30
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