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Disneyland and Heterotopia - The Book of Daniel, The Magic Kingdom, and The Public Burning

Jeong, Sangjun 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study examines Disneyland around Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopiain the context of the American way of life. It particularly analyzesthree novels in which Disneyland is backgrounded, foregrounded orintertextualized to highlight the themes of each work: E.L. Doctorow’sThe Book of Daniel, Stanley Elkin’s The Magic Kingdom, and RobertCoover’s The Public Burning. Since the idea of heterotopia has been usedin a diversity of ways, this study takes it to mean a space that reflectssociety, but in a way which calls to mind idealized aspects of the culture. Each writer provides a vivid and powerful image of Disneyland: a spacewhere history disappears, time stops, or the whole world is a kind of acircus show. The study suggests the need for contrasting, discordant, anddifferent narratives about Disney’s theme park to better understand it andits relationship with American culture in a complex fashion.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.