Journal Article

The Architecture of Desire: William Golding's <i>The Spire</i>

Betty Jay

in Literature and Theology

Volume 20, issue 2, pages 157-170
Published in print June 2006 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 2006 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI:
The Architecture of Desire: William Golding's The Spire

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This article takes as its starting point William Golding's encounter with the critic, Frank Kermode, and the writer's subsequent rejection of his previously held belief in authorial intention. As the first of Golding's novels published after this meeting, The Spire provides a textual record of the consequences of relinquishing the absolute authority of the writer. As it foregrounds a range of possible interpretations of Jocelin's spiritual vision, including those derived from the discourse of psychoanalysis, the text challenges the view of Golding as a conventional Christian writer. In so doing, The Spire interrogates the process of inscription and erasure to which not only Jocelin but also Golding himself is subject.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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