The Purloined Chamber: A Lacanian Reading of Richard Powers’s Plowing the Dark

Johanna Heil

Abstract


This article focuses on the short chapters in Richard Powers’s novel Plowing the Dark that describe obscure rooms which cannot easily be related to the novel’s action. Comparing these rooms to the letter in Poe’s short story “The Purloined Letter,” I propose a Lacanian interpretation of these rooms that will illuminate their character and function.

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