Bathroom Pathos in ‘Grief is the Thing With Feathers’

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter is a contemporary depiction of loss and mourning in an urban domestic space. This short novel tells the lyrical and haunting story of the unexpected death of a wife and mother and the mourning process that follows. My analysis will move from the general domestic setting to the more specific space of the bathroom in this text. These spaces in this work contribute to a sense of desperation and suffering which underlines the alienation and exile present in conventional life. “Dad” is the bereaved Hughes scholar in Grief is the...

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