Schaffrath Publishes on Golding's “The Spire” and Bakhtin's “Concept of Architectonics”

Posted on 9/21/2016 1:13:47 PM

Stephan Schaffrath, Department of Developmental Studies, published "Golding's The Spire as an Architectonic Novel." The paper recently appeared in the March 2016 issue of Purdue's CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture.

Schaffrath's paper analyzes Golding's use of a particular narration style which actively engages readers by raising their awareness as participants in the creation of an experienced text. As such, Golding's novel can be seen as both literary commentary and an example of architectonics, one of Mikhail Bakhtin's early concepts. Schaffrath's paper contributes to the discourse of how texts interact with readers and how stylistic differences affect not only readers' understanding of a text but also readers' affective state as they go about deciphering the meaning of written words.

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