Queer cryptograms, anarchist cyphers: decoding Dennis Cooper's The marbled swarm: a novel

Hester, Diarmuid (2012) Queer cryptograms, anarchist cyphers: decoding Dennis Cooper's The marbled swarm: a novel. Studies in the Literary Imagination, 45 (2). pp. 95-112. ISSN 0039-3819

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Abstract

Concentrating on Dennis Cooper’s latest work, The Marbled Swarm: A Novel, a fiendishly complex, experimental tale of murder and cannibalism in Cooper’s adopted home city of Paris, I show that both the subject of the text and its formal architecture are suspended between twin principles of secrecy and concealment. I argue that a consideration of these secret strategies allows us to perceive the implicit connections between Cooper’s writing and communities of queer dissidents and anarchist dissenters who used similar covert techniques in earlier centuries in order to persist in the face of public prosecution. Following an in-depth historical appraisal of these modes of communication, and their provenance in the back-streets of Paris, London and New York, I conclude by considering the contemporary significance of Cooper’s most recent novel

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism > HX821 Anarchism
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0360 Prose
Depositing User: Diarmuid Hester
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 14:32
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 18:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53986

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