Abstract

What do god, a novelist, craftsmen, and capitalist monopolies have in common? José Saramago’s The Cave engages with this question in a way that recalls Plato’s Republic and its notion of mimesis: the mortal agents imitate divinity by wielding absolute power over products—a novel, ceramic dolls, a commercial-cum-residential center—that imprison their denizens in illusory worlds. The Cave contains a cave and various cave-like constructions that compound the prevailing sense of control and entrapment. Freedom from The Cave and its coercive power requires finishing and exiting the novel.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 332-349
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-19
Open Access
No
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