Conceptualizing Varieties of Space in Horror Fiction

  • Andrew Hock Soon Ng


Scholarship on space in horror narratives has primarily turned to Freud’s concept of the uncanny as framework or focused singularly on its significance as symbol. This chapter proposes other possible concepts, namely the heterotopia, the fold (or pli), and the melancholy object, which can also be appropriated to shed light on the genre’s unique representation of space. Unlike the uncanny, moreover, these concepts do not reduce space to merely a psychical or figurative determination but instead emphasize the importance of its function as material presence in signifying horror. Finally, to substantiate the claim made in this chapter, a particular literary work broadly belonging to the genre is read against each concept.


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  • Andrew Hock Soon Ng
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  1. 1.Monash University MalaysiaSunwayMalaysia

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