Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

Katy Masuga

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Identifying six significant writers - Whitman, Dostoevsky, Rimbaud, Lewis Carroll, Proust and D. H. Lawrence - Katy Masuga examines their influence on Miller's work as well as Miller's retroactive impact on their writing. She explores four forms of intertextuality in relation to each 'ancestral' author: direct allusions, unconscious style, reverse influence and participation of the ancestral author as part of the story within the text. The study is informed by the theories of polyvocity from Bakhtin, Barthes and Kristeva and of language games and the indefatigability of writing in the work of Blanchot, Wittgenstein and Deleuze.

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1. Leaves of Letters // Walt Whitman
2. The Dream of a Ridiculous Writer // Fyodor Dostoevsky
3. Through the Jabber // Lewis Carroll
4. The Drunken Inkwell // Arthur Rimbaud
5. In Search of Lost Allusion // Marcel Proust
6. Writers and Lovers // D. H. Lawrence
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Katy Masuga earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2007, centring on Anglo, French and Germanic modernism. Masuga has also written numerous articles as well as The Secret Violence of Henry Miller (Camden House 2011). Her current research focuses on Beckett, Wittgenstein and language. Masuga has researched and taught literature, philosophy, film, art history, history and languages at universities in France, Germany, the US and UK. She is an Associated Researcher at Paris-Sorbonne University and Editorial Coordinator at Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris.

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