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dc.contributor.authorPollard, Eileen
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-05T10:06:40Z
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dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/624223/ChesterRep%20Eileen%20Pollard%20-%20Nicola%20Barker%20Behindlings%20%281%29.pdf?sequence=4
dc.identifier.citationPollard, E. (2021) “He was struck out. Deleted”: We need to talk about Wesley in Nicola Barker’s Behindlings. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (epub ahead of print), https://doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2021.1884037
dc.identifier.issn0011-1619
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00111619.2021.1884037
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/624223
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction on 18/02/2021, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2021.1884037en_US
dc.description.abstractThis article provides a poststructural reading of the character of Wesley in Nicola Barker’s 2002 novel Behindlings, which is broadly informed by Jean-Luc Nancy’s thoughts on being and community and Jacques Derrida’s thinking on khōra, as well as other established poststructural paradigms. It contends that the novel simultaneously engages with these ideas and exceeds them. Wesley is the void-at-the-heart of his own ‘philosophy’: ‘He was hollow. He was empty […] He was a vacuum. He was struck-out. Deleted. He was nothing’. And he is everything as well at one and the same time. It is the classic poststructural paradox – receiving everything while possessing nothing – that makes meaning possible. And that is the argument: the signifier, the empty sign for some, the palimpsest for others, here is simply Wesley. However, my argument is that the characterisation of Wesley challenges and complicates such readings, deliberately. This article will demonstrate how the novel repeatedly sullies the theories it implicates by introducing a persistent taint to the main vehicle used to articulate the theory, the protagonist himself, that ‘puerile […] shithead’, Wesley.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectNicola Barkeren_US
dc.subjectBehindlingsen_US
dc.subjectPoststructuralismen_US
dc.subjectJean-Luc Nancyen_US
dc.subjectKhoraen_US
dc.subjectObjet petit aen_US
dc.title‘He was struck out. Deleted’: We Need to Talk about Wesley in Nicola Barker’s Behindlingsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1939-9138en_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.identifier.journalCritique: Studies in Contemporary Fictionen_US
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderunfundeden_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1080/00111619.2021.1884037en_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2022-08-18
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-01-27
rioxxterms.publicationdate2021-02-18
dc.date.deposited2021-02-05en_US


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