Real Folds: Mark Z. Danielewski’s <i>House of Leaves</i>

Ridvan Askin

in Narrative and Becoming

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2016 | ISBN: 9781474414562
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781474426947 | DOI:

Series: Plateaus New Directions in Deleuze Studies

Real Folds: Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

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This chapter is dedicated to the most explicitly self-referential narrative exploration of difference scrutinized in this book. It shows how Danielewski’s narrative meticulously works towards unearthing its very own building blocks, the very stuff it is made of. In short, House of Leaves is explicitly engaged with unearthing the virtual Idea of narrative. For this end, the novel unfolds a spectacle of disintegration on all levels, from the disintegration of characters’ minds to that of its own plot and narrative discourse. At the same time, the novel presents a veritable cosmogony suggesting an inherently fractured, fractalized and differential world. Difference thus becomes the guiding principle of both the created world and its creation. What Danielewski’s novel ultimately proposes, then, is not only the becoming of narrative but also the narrativity of becoming.

Keywords: becoming; creation; difference; House of Leaves; Mark Z. Danielewski; narrative; narrativity; virtual

Chapter.  11263 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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