Architecture in Contemporary Literature

The Affective Atmospheres of Spatial Organisms and Smells: The God of Small Things

Author(s): Serkan Can Hatipoğlu * .

Pp: 71-77 (7)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815165166123010010

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Literary texts offer an alternative spatial experience to the reader with the atmospheres they construct. The God of Small Things (novel) casts the reader into a dynamic space with its (spatial and corporeal) depictions and fiction. It allows us to read architecture through the atmosphere that diffuses in a non-directional attitude. This diffusion breathes life into space and makes it an organism. What sets the boundaries of the atmosphere is the comprehensibility of experienced feelings. When entering a room, a specific atmosphere is felt. However, it is difficult to determine where precisely it is. Atmospheres diffuse into space like haze, clouds of a certain tone of feeling. Similarly, the smell is also not positioned in space in a way that allows us to determine where it is. Smell plays a crucial role in the tone of feeling in the space. In addition, alternative spatiality and architectural components provide potential discussions regarding architectural atmospheres. However, the scope of the study is limited to space as an organism and the affective side of smell. The study aims to examine the spaces of The God of Small Things through their atmospheres. Arundhati Roy demonstrates the importance of space as an organism in the atmosphere and smells with a diffusive character. In her novels, she constantly reconstructs the atmosphere suspended between the subject and the object through the inspiration of architecture.

Keywords: Architectural interaction, Arundhati roy, Atmosphere, Affect, Affective transitions, Body-space, Corporeal experience, Diffusion, Hazy space, Literature, Non-direction, Smell, Space, Space as an organism, Spatial depiction, Subject-object relations, Social discrimination, Tone of feeling, Time shifts, The god of small things.

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