« What’s Black and White and Read All Over? » Esquisse d’un je étrange : Half Life de Shelley Jackson “What’s Black and White and Read all Over?” Shelley Jackson’s Half Life , or a Strange Game of I and Seek

Shelley Jackson’s first novel, Half Life, leaves Nora in command of the text, making her tell her story and conquer a self she was deprived of at her birth. But how to do so when “her” story is always-already “theirs,” split in half, and when saying I is therefore impossible? For Nora is not alone, Nora is inseparable—and literally so—from Blanche, her “twofer” sister. Through an interplay of binary oppositions, Jackson fashions the metaphor of writing and reading, inciting her reader to intervene in the text and dig deeper into it to cover meaning under the successive layers of whiteness that reveal the blankness of a page that is slowly being erased as one reads / runs over it.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 47,182
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

White on White/Black on Black (Review).Lisa M. Heldke - 2006 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 20 (4):325-327.
White on White/Black on Black.George Yancy (ed.) - 2005 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Introduction.Daniel Stoljar - 2003 - In Peter Ludlow, Yujin Nagasawa & Daniel Stoljar (eds.), There's Something About Mary. MIT Press.
Something About Mary.Alex Byrne - 2002 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 63 (1):27-52.
Subject and Sentence: The Poetry of Tom Raworth.John Barrell - 1991 - Critical Inquiry 17 (2):386-410.
Becoming, Learning, Being.Tim McCarthy & Lucas Jackson - 2012 - Questions: Philosophy for Young People 12:14-17.
Power-Collapsing Games.Miloš S. Kurilić & Boris Šobot - 2008 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 73 (4):1433-1457.


Added to PP index

Total views
2 ( #1,309,922 of 2,289,505 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #585,763 of 2,289,505 )

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes

Sign in to use this feature