The Labyrinth and the Lacuna: Metafiction, the Symbolic, and the Real in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

Lord, Nicholas (2014) The Labyrinth and the Lacuna: Metafiction, the Symbolic, and the Real in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 55 4: 465-476. doi:10.1080/00111619.2013.791242

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Author Lord, Nicholas
Title The Labyrinth and the Lacuna: Metafiction, the Symbolic, and the Real in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves
Journal name Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1939-9138
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00111619.2013.791242
Open Access Status
Volume 55
Issue 4
Start page 465
End page 476
Total pages 12
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this article, I examine the ways in which the figures of the labyrinth and the lacuna organize Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves. The novel's labyrinths appear in a variety of forms, and yet each has at its center a lacuna in which signification is problematized. I argue that these labyrinths and lacunae can be read as representations of, respectively, the Symbolic and the Real, and, as such, they suggest that the book's metafictional nature allows it to engage critically with the dynamic between what can be signified and what cannot.
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