Negotiating space, place and power in the postmodern and contemporary encyclopedic novel
This project examines the shifts of global and cartographical power in the late 20th and early 21st centuries through the lens of the encyclopedic novel. I argue that cartographies of power have become increasingly global, decentralized, and polysystemic during the postwar era. I have selected six novels spanning from 1955 through 2014 to demonstrate how the encyclopedic genre lends itself to the relationships of power with geographical space, as well as the organization of narrative space through the encyclopedic structure. My research points towards the cartelization of both space and power – ...
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