Abstract

This essay probes the intertexts of Atonement, in particular the links it shares with E.A. Poe's "The Purloined Letter." By drawing on the psychoanalytical context of Lacan's "Seminar on 'The Purloined Letter,'" the essay shows how the theft of a letter affects the novel's protagonist-narrator's writing, leading to a compulsive attempt to hide her shame.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1925-5683
Print ISSN
0027-1276
Pages
pp. 103-118
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-16
Open Access
No
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