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Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form

David J. Alworth


This book offers a new method of literary and cultural interpretation and a new theory of narrative setting by examining five sites—supermarkets, dumps, roads, ruins, and asylums—that have been crucial to American literature and visual art since the mid-twentieth century. Against the traditional understanding of setting as a static background for narrative action and character development, the book argues that sites figure in novels as social agents. Engaging a wide range of social and cultural theorists, especially Bruno Latour and Erving Goffman, the book examines how the literary figuration ... More

Keywords: supermarkets, dumps, roads, ruins, asylums, American literature, visual art, social agents, American culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691183343
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David J. Alworth, author
Harvard University

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