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The Sense of an Interior

Four Rooms and the Writers that Shaped Them, 1st Edition

By Diana Fuss


280 pages

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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.


"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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HOUSE & HOME / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies