1st Edition

The Sense of an Interior Four Rooms and the Writers that Shaped Them

By Diana Fuss Copyright 2004
    290 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Sense of an Interior is a fascinating exploration of domestic space and of the ways it determines how writers work. The book looks at four famous figures - Emily Dickinson, Sigmund Freud, Helen Keller, and Marcel Proust, and examines the relationship between their work and the spaces where they wrote.

    Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One: Dickinson's Eye Dickinson Homestead, Amherst Massachusetts Chapter Two: Freud' Ear Berggasse 19, Vienna Austria Chapter Three: Keller's Hand Arcan Ridge, Easton Connecticut Chapter Four: Proust's Nose 102 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris France Index


    Diana Fuss is Professor of English and Director of Grauduate Study at Princeton. She has written two books, and edited two. All are published by Routledge.

    "Diana Fuss gives us in The Sense of an Interior a whole range of new ideas about interiority and the senses, subjects ,and objects. Her lovely prose brilliantly captures the affective qualities of architectural spaces. In the process, it de-hierarchizes the senses--primarily of course by deconstructing vision's primacy--but also by helping us pay attention to the neglected senses to complicate, enrich, and reorient our experience. Fuss's book constitutes as strong an argument as can be made for the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and writing." -- Douglas Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History, University of Rochester, and author of Melancholia and Moralism