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Interstitial Living: Fragments towards an Ethics




autotheory, Roland Barthes, ethics, interstice, fragment


This work in autotheory documents my adoption of an interstitial lifestyle in 2021. I derived my project’s guiding concepts from Roland Barthes. After a foreword, which elucidates the project’s context, concepts, and genre, this piece turns to a series of fragments arranged by topic. Most of the fragments record my interstitial experiences or reflect on interstitial topics. In the margin are Barthes citations that inspired the project, a structural device borrowed from A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and autotheory.

Author Biography

Eric Daffron, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Eric Daffron, based in New York City, is a professor of literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he teaches gothic literature and literary theory, among other subjects. While his past scholarship has focused on gothic literature, Michel Foucault, and other topics, his current work has taken an autotheoretical turn with a particular focus on Roland Barthes. Recently, he co-edited The Body in Theory: Essays after Lacan and Foucault with Becky R. McLaughlin.





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