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The Void and the Metaphors

A New Reading of William Golding’s Fiction

Yasunori Sugimura

This book aims to revise the traditional interpretation of William Golding’s fiction. The author investigates Golding’s complicated metaphors which fluctuate so widely as to make consistent readings almost impossible. The study reveals that these fluctuating metaphors are created around a void, which is depicted not only as a gap but also as an impenetrable dark spot, or a counter-gaze. The characters in Golding’s fiction endeavour to symbolise the void, but it ultimately resists symbolisation.
Mainly from the perspective of semiotics, psychoanalysis, and philosophy, the book looks at the way in which the elements excluded from the symbolic system react against it and leave this void. The author then focuses on the void’s significance in the creation of unique metaphors.
Contents: Self-Destructive Community and the Improbability of War in Lord of the Flies – A Reconsideration of Oa the Earth Goddess in The Inheritors – Hallucination and Plotmaking Principle in Pincher Martin – Binary Opposition and the Metaphorical Bridge in Free Fall – The Holy Symbol and Its Dissolution in The Spire – The Gaze and Counter-Gaze inside a Pyramidal Structure in The Pyramid – The Significance of a Minor Novel: The Scorpion God – The Originality and Danger of Matthew Windrove’s Mysticism in Darkness Visible – Psychic Tragedy amidst Farce in The Paper Men – Difference versus Defilement in To the Ends of the Earth – A Concealed Void in the World of The Double Tongue.