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Honors Project - Open Access


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I consider Mikhail Bakhtin's notion of the grotesque representation of the body in dialogue with literary and critical works of the twentieth century. Focusing on its fundamental traits - openness, heterogeneity, connectivity, multiplicity, and historic becoming - I trace a selective genealogy of the grotesque. James Joyce's Ulysses, Paul Auster's City of Glass, and Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing are analyzed for their respective takes on the human body, the body of the city, and the body of Nature, each of which is understood as grotesque in its own particular way.



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