Exceptional Existences: Room



This chapter continues the analysis of exceptional sex in contemporary fiction through an exploration of Emma Donoghue’s Room. Focusing on the worldview of five-year-old Jack, this final chapter explores the text’s portrayal of spatiotemporal indetermination, the complex circulation of norms and exceptions and bestial, exceptional sex. It examines Agamben’s claim that the exception has become the norm, the biopolitics of suicide and a child’s understanding and implementation of exceptional circumstances. Rather than conclude this present study, this chapter opens it up, with the Coda offering further textual exceptionalities. In particular, the Coda explores the threshold positionality and exceptional textual existence of literary characters.


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  1. 1.Social, Historical, Literary StudiesUniversity of PortsmouthHampshireUK

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