Article to be published
Douglas Dowland, assistant professor of English, has written an article that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Modern Literature. The article, “How Disgust Works: Truman Capote’s ‘La Cote Basque’” is one of the first full-length scholarly examinations of this story.
In the article, Dowland counters the predominant assessment of the story as a symptom of Capote’s artistic decline by challenging the critical assumption that the story is disgusting for its own sake. Drawing upon both affect theory and narrative theory, Dowland argues that disgust is a transitive phenomenon, and offers a reinterpretation of the story as one about how disgust works, in both narrative and discourse, to intensely critique the social circle with whom Capote was associated. As a result, Dowland calls for a more productive reading of emotions such as disgust, and for a larger reassessment of the story, its author, and the construction of his critical legacy.
The Journal of Modern Literature is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal published by Indiana University Press. It is widely recognized as the journal of record for modern literature.