Chess Game and Rhizomatic Writing in John Fowles’s ‘The Collector’

By Mei-Hung Wu and Boe-Shong Hong.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The significant work of John Fowles’s The Collector offers a theory of games. A theory of games embedded into the rhizomatic writing is defined as a new interaction of class and power. The insertion of class and power into modern capitalism theorizes three essential ingredients of the rhizomatic writing: talkers, observers and workers. These three groups of talkers, observers and workers share a number of metanarrative discourses related two different standpoints. The first concerns with the reflection of class struggle of capitalist society in which the characters of the novel are fond of playing chess game or the psychological game: “we played charades.” The second, based on Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s “a theory of games,” gives a detailed analysis of “technological” interaction of the rhizomatic writing because “American literature, and already English literature, manifest this rhizomatic direction to an even greater extent.”

Keywords: The Collector, Class, Power, “A Theory of Games”, The Rhizomatic Writing

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp.247-258. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 627.683KB).

Dr. Mei-Hung Wu

Assistant Professor, Department of Literature, Nanhua University, Chiayi, Taiwan

Dr. Wu, Mei-Hung was born in 1971 in Taiwan. From 2003 to 2008, she earned the Ph. D. degree in the fileds of Western Languages and Literature. A number of topics are her research interests, such as “Literature and English Teaching,” “Special Topic on Gilles Deleuze,” “Metadrama and Metafiction,” “Special Topic on John Fowles,” “Technical English and Translation,” and “Cultural Studies.” She is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Literature, Nanhua University, Taiwan.

Dr. Boe-Shong Hong

Associate Prof., ME Dept., National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan

Dr. Boe –S. Hong was born in 1968 in Taiwan. From 1994 to 1999, he joined the PennState University at University Park where he earned the Master of Science and Ph. D. degrees in Operation Research. He has ever been a research associate in PennState University, working on Operation topics. Now he is an associate professor affiliated with National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, working on Systems & Control.

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