Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2019)
Ergodic pathways into mark z Danielewski’s “House of leaves”
Author(s): Sreekutty UR
Abstract: Reading in the digital era has always been a subject of considerable academic study. The arrival of digital technology and the transformation from one media to another today foregrounds a different regime of art. Though the development of internet and the digitally active reading contributed by the technology are believed to have negated the traditionally acclaimed field of codex textuality, it has originally revolutionalised and revitalised the former textuality, both extending and expanding its limits. The transformation that the spread of digitality entails has brought significant revolution not only in the medium through which it gets represented but also in the traditional reader figure. The present thesis is an attempt to explicate the transposition and transformation that have overwhelmed the traditional reading persona, elevating them from the realm of passive readership to that of active interpretation in order to traverse the text. By drawing instances from the fiction House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, and theoretical support from Espen J. Aarseth and N. Katherine Hayles, the thesis also probes into the new narrative strategies developed through the emerging electronic media.