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Att vandra i Daedalus hus: En analys av katabasis-motivet i Mark Z. Danielewskis House of Leaves
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Wandering in the house of Caedalus : An analysis of the katabasis-motif in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves (English)
Abstract [en]

Walking in the house of Daedalus – An analysis of the katabasis motif in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

 

This study analyses the depiction of the labyrinth as a symbolic landscape in regard to both subject and form in the multi-layered novel House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Using the mythological katabasis motif as a structural principle, this study discusses modern labyrinthine narratives wherein selfhood is constructed through an infernal journey between a descent and a return. This study analyses the novel with a thematic perspective from two points of view; how the labyrinth acts as central motif for the self in the novel and how the novel visually depicts the narrative through typographical choices throughout the text. The study’s main question is how the novel depicts the labyrinth in regard to its historical and cultural context and how it inscribes itself into a tradition of narratives that depicts the labyrinth as a metaphor for the mind and as a symbol for the exploration of the self.

 

The result shows that House of Leaves uses a complex cluster of narratives to tell a katabatic story, both through the narrative and the form. Through the symbolic landscape and through the use of a genre typical and uncanny horror story, House of Leaves tells a story about alienation, guilt and love where the characters psychological developments changes in regard to confrontations with the labyrinth and through the symbolical tests that exists throughout the katabatic journey. The characters ascends traumatized from the labyrinth, but are at the same time rewarded with personal insight

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2019. , p. 68
Keywords [sv]
katabasis, House of Leaves, labyrint, horror space, Minotaur, the Uncanny, Mark Z. Danielewski, ergodic literature, symboliskt landskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-85940OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-85940DiVA, id: diva2:1331142
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Available from: 2019-07-15 Created: 2019-06-26 Last updated: 2019-07-15Bibliographically approved

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