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Rewiring the RealIn Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo$
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Mark Taylor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160414

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160414.001.0001

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Figuring Nothing

Figuring Nothing

Mark Danielewski, House of Leaves

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Rewiring the Real

Mark C. Taylor

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents a reading of Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves (2000). The central trope of the novel is a haunted house that is bigger on the inside than on the outside. House of Leaves is, among other things, a book that cannot be contained between its covers—the work exceeds the bounds of the traditional novel. It begins before the beginning and continues after the end, on the World Wide Web. Far from style for style's sake, this carefully designed work communicates by doing rather than merely describing. More than any other novelist now writing, Danielewski recognizes the inseparable relation of poststructural theory and postmodern art to “network culture.” Furthermore, he realizes that the intersection of art, literary theory, and technology has something to do with religion.

Keywords:   haunted house, poststructural theory, postmodern art, network culture, art, literary theory, technology, religion, Mark Danielewski

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