publication . Other literature type . 2013 . Embargo end date: 08 Nov 2013
Mapping mystic spaces in the self and its stories: Reading (through) the gaps in Ernest Buckler's "The Mountain and the Valley", Alice Munro's "Lives of Girls and Women", Peter Ackroyd's "The House of Doctor Dee", Adele Wiseman's "Crackpot", and A S Byatt's "Possession"
Published: 08 Nov 2013
Publisher: Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
In their novels, Ernest Buckler, Alice Munro, Peter Ackroyd, Adele Wiseman and A. S. Byatt have each explored moments when their characters experience expanded states of consciousness. Narratives such as these, as well as those of various mystical literatures, posit the idea that the barriers of the known self can be broken through, often repeatedly. Each of the novels to be studied here portrays a gap- or flaw-ridden self in the act of perpetuating and/or penetrating various forms of narrative and identity constructs. Each also features an encounter with what is other when these narrative and identity boundaries are breached. Reading about "mystical" occurrence...