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These linked resources are for the educational use of the Metalepsis Seminar, WAAC, Alexandria, Virginia; Fall Semester 2013. Reproduction rights remain with the copyright holders. References are for research purposes only.

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Metalepsis of the Site of Exception

The Goldfish Variations, a Cartography Love Story

The Slow-Fast Architecture of Love in the Ruins

Hermes, the Polythetical Thief

Vichianism (After Vico)


button "pages": brief position papers

the death drive

metalepsis: a how-to guide

relation of seminar to studio themes

master guide to metalepsis conditions

interrogating the gap

the causal chain

reversed predication

the death drive

sh*t and other metaleptic elements


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• Todd McGowan, Enjoying What We Don't Have: the Political Project of Psychoanalysis (2013).

• Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920).

• Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny (1919).

• Ernst Jentsch, "On the Psychology of the Uncanny" (1906).

• Jacques Lacan, Ecrits, trans. Bruce Fink (Routledge, 2001).

• Malcolme Bowie, Lacan (1991).

• Mladen Dolar, "'I Shall Be with You on Your Wedding-Night': Lacan and the Uncanny," October 58, Rendering the Real (Autumn 1991): 5–23.

• Mladen Dolar, A Voice and Nothing More (2006).

• Mladen Dolar, "Beyond Interpellation," Qui Parle 6, 2 (Spring/Summer 1993): 75–96.

• Italo Calvino, "The Levels of Realithy in Literature," The Uses of Literature (1980), 101–121.

• Rex Butler, "Thought Is Grievance: On Zizek's Parallax"

• Henry Johnstone, Jr., "Odysseus as a Traveler: A Categorial Study" (1978).

• Richard Bernheimer, "Theatrum Mundi," The Art Bulletin 38, 4 (December 1966): 225–247.

• John Pier, "Metalepsis," The Living Handbook of Narratology (Hamburg: Hamburg University Press, 2013).

• Dorrit Cohn and Leis S. Gleich, "Metalepsis and Mise en Abyme," Narrative 20, 1 (January 2012): 105–114.

• Fanfan Chen, "From Hypotyposis to Meetalepsis: Narrative Devices in Contemporary Fiction," Modern Language Studies 44, 4 (2008).

• John D. Niles, "Ring Composition and the Structure of Beowulf," PMLA 94, 5 (October 1979): 924–935.

• G. K. Chesterton, "The Queer Feet" (1910).

• George Spencer-Brown, "Sorites of Lewis Carroll," The Laws of Form (1969).

• Geoffrey Caucer, "The Knight's Tale," Canterbury Tales.

• Henry James, "The Turn of the Screw" (1898).

• E. T. A. Hoffmann, "The Sandman" (1816).

• Andrew Ryder, "The Skull-Bone and the Bloody Head: Lacan's Lamella and Kojévo-Hegelian Desire," International Journal of Zizek Studies 6, 1.


button other publications by Kunze (not online unless otherwise indicated)

Book: (author), Thought and Place: The Architecture of Eternal Places in the Philosophy of Giambattista Vico (New York: Peter Lang, 1987). Revised text available at
Book: (co-editor, with David Black and John Pickles) Commonplaces: Essays on the Nature of Place (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1989).
Book: (co-editor, with Simone Brott and David Bertolini) Architecture Post Mortem: The Diastolic Architecture of Diastole, Decline, and Death (Farnham, Surry, and London: Ashgate, Spring 2013).
Book in progress: Atlas of the Obverse (ms. completed Summer 2012). On-line book available at
Book in progress: Architecture Studio for End Times, an Idiot's Guide (ms. begun Summer 2012).
Part of Book: "The Topography of Fear: Architecture’s Fourth Walls and Inside Frames," for Architecture and Violence, ed. Bechir Kenzari (Barcelona: Actar, 2011).
Part of Book: "The Master’s House," The Architectural Unconscious, ed. Nadir Lahiji (Farnham UK: Ashgate, 2011).
Part of Book: "Why No One Can be Against Sustainability," Chora: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture 6, ed. A. Pérez-Gómez and S. Parcell (Montréal: McGill-Queens Press, 2011, anticipated).
Part of Book: “Who’s on First?The Humanities in Architecture, ed. Nicholas Temple, Renée Tobe, Jane Lomholt, Soumyen Bandyopadhyay (London and New York: Routledge, 2010).
Part of Book: “Vichianism after Vico,” for The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, ed. Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift (London: Elsevier, 2009).
Part of Book: “Concealment, Delay and Topology in the Creation of Wondrous Drawing,” M. Frascari, J. Hale, B. Starkey, eds., From Models to Drawings (London: Routledge, 2008).
Part of Book: “The Missing Guest: The Twisted Topology of Hospitality,” in Eating Architecture, ed. P.Singley and J. Horwitz (Cambridge: MIT, 2004), pp. 169-190. A version of this essay may be found under the title "Hearths and Doors."
Part of Book: “A Fable about Virtual Form: Lying, Self-Reference, and Mortification in the Age of Computing,” in Architecture and Art in the Space of Media, ed. O. Calderón, C. Calderón, and P. Dorsey (New York: Lusitania Press, 2004).
Part of Book: “Stopstopstopstopstop,” Gravity, Pamphlet Architecture 25, ed. J. Cathcart, F. Fantauzzi, T. Van Elslander (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003).
Part of Book (exhibition catalog): “Wieder/Zurück! The Gratuitousness of Weight,” Roving Pictures (Buffalo, NY: Burchfield-Penny Art Center, 2003).
Part of Book: “The Luck/Look of Macau,” Culture of Metropolis in Macau, ed. A. Chen (Macau: Insitituto Cultural, 2001).
Part of Book: "Poché," Plumbing: Sounding Modern Architecture, ed. D. Friedman and N. Lahiji (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1997).
Part of Book: "Architecture as a Site of Reception, Part II: Sea-Food and Vampires," Chora 2, ed. A. Pérez-Gómez and S. Parcell (Montréal: McGill-Queens Press, 1996).
Part of Book: “Criticism as Dimension: The Idiot as Artist / The Idiot as Critic,” The Ends of Theory, ed. J. Herron (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University, 1996).
Part of Book: “Architecture as a Site of Reception, Part I: Dimensionality of the Infra-Thin,” Chora 1, ed. A. Pérez-Gómez and S. Parcell (Montréal: McGill- Queens Press, 1994).
Part of Book: “Festival Architecture at the End of the World,” in Work+Text (Bloomfield Hills, MI: Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1991).
Part of Book: “The Role of Sublime Type in Architecture,” in G. Rockcastle, ed., Type and the (Im)Possibilities of Convention, Midgård Monographs of Architectural Theory and Criticism 2 (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1991).

Article: “Gardens of Forking Paths: Notes on Architecture’s Ingenious Destruction and Recreation of
,” InForm (Fall 2009).
Article: “Chiasmus, Artificial Memory, and the Arts of Arrangement,” Nexus Network Journal 12, 3 (2010): 377-388.
Article: “Minding the Gap in Architectural Speculation,” Journal of Architectural Education 61:1
(September 2007): 54-61.
Article: “Giambattista Vico’s Big Architectural Adventure,” Built Environment 31, 1 (2005): 49-59.
Article: “From Babel to Hitchcock: Suture, Interpolation, and Absence in the Formation of Architectural Meaning,” Intersight 7, ed. Keith Johnson (2004): 187-200.
Article: “Evan Douglis, The Exhibition as Art Form: Twists and third Forms,” Newsline Online,
Columbia University Architecture/Planning Newsletter (Spring 2001): 5.
Article: “Alcestis Backstory,” Potential Architecture Journal (web), 1999.
Article: “Liquid Assets: An Installation by Evan Douglis,” Newsline Online, Columbia University Architecture/Planning Newsletter (Spring 1999): 6.
Article: “A Simetria Interna da Sorte em Macau (The Internal Symmetry of Luck in Macau),” Arquitectura, Revista da Associaçäo dos Arquitectos de Macau 10 (Agosto 1995): 8-12.
Article: “The Thickness of the Past: The Metonymy of Possession,” Intersight, Journal of the School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo 3 (1995): 39-46.
: “The Strange Love of Dystopia,” in Art Papers, Atlanta. Sidebar: commentary in “Emerging Talent: Wesley Wei,” Progressive Architecture (February 1992): 79.
: “From Either/Or to Both/And: A Response to 'Architecture, Lamp or Mirror?’” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (1991), 70-73.
Article: “Four Things in the Nature of Architecture,” Intersight, Journal of the School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, 1 (1990): 18-29.
Article: “Skiagraphy and the Ipsum of Architecture,” Architecture and Shadow, Via XI (1990): 62-75, with Wesley Wei.
Article: “Prolegomena to Any Future Dog Architecture,” Fifth Column, The Canadian Student Journal of Architecture 7, 3 (1989): 26-29.
Article: "Architecture as Reading: Virtuality, Secrecy, Monstrosity," Journal of Architectural Education 41 (1989): 28-37.
Articles: “Apotrope” and “Briefly Noted,” in D Libeskind, ed., New Observations, special issue on architecture (1987).
Article: “Commentary on Architectural Education,” Journal of Architectural Education, Jubilee Issue, 40 (1987): 36-37.
Article: (co-authored with Wesley Wei) “The Vanity of Architecture: Topical Thinking and the Practice of Discontinuity,” Via 8 (1986): 54-69.
Article in Reply: “Commentary on ‘Metaphorical Vision,’” Annals of the Association of American
73, 1 (March 1983): 153-56.
Article in Reply: “Giambattista Vico as a Philosopher of Place: Comments on the Recent Article by Mills,” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series 8 (1983): 237-48.
Article: “The Interrupted Gaze: Art and Folly in Velázquez’s ‘Las Meninas,’” Les Bonnes Feuilles 7
(Spring 1978): 4-23.

Review: of The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock, for Journal of Architectural Education 63:1 (October 2009):161-162.
: of 5 Codes: Architecture, Paranoia and Risk in Times of Terror, for Journal of Architectural Education 61:3 (February 2008):67-68.
Review: of A Rossi, The Architecture of the City and A Scientific Autobiography, for Environment and Planning B (Planning and Design) 3, 10 (September 1983): 357-58.
Review: of G Tagliacozzo, ed., Vico and Marx: Affinities and Contrasts, for Architecture and Planning B (Planning and Design) 2, 3 (September 1984): 361-62.

Art Exhibition (co-curator): “Stereognost and Propriocept,” RogerSmith Gallery, New York, October 7-16, 2004. Artists William Anastasi, Dove Bradshaw, Thomas Caggiano, Alexandre Charriol, Jinkee Choi, Ian Curry and Mariko Tanaka, Angela Freiburger & Carla Rocha, Myk Henry, Wendy Jacob, Stephen Lang, Michael Madore, Robert Narracci, Dennis Oppenheim, Austin Schull, and Marco Scoffi er. Co-Curated with Dr. Kóan-Jeff Baysa, M.D.

Proceedings: “Larger than Life: Immersion and Imagination in the Not-So-Small Worlds Sustained by Scale,” Proceedings of the 2009 Annual Meetings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
Proceedings: “Why No One Can Be Against Sustainability: Traversing the Fantasy of Sustenance Reveals a Surprisingly Universal Topology of Desire,” Proceedings of the 2009 Annual Meetings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
Proceedings: “Surrealist Gardens: The Uncanny as a Model for a Pedagogy of Performance,”
Proceedings of the Annual Meetings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, 2009.
Proceedings: “Concealment, Delay, and Topology in the Creation of Wondrous Drawing,” Critiques: Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities, Proceedings of Architecture and Humanities Research Association, (London: Routledge, Forthcoming).
Proceedings: “The Symptomatic Discourse,” Contemporary Discourses in Architecture, Proceedings of an international conference sponsored by the Department of Architecture, Lebanese-American University (Beirut: Lebanese-American University, 2004).
Proceedings: “Center Everywhere, Periphery Nowhere: A Screen Theory of Architecture,” Contribution and Confusion: Architecture and the Influence of Other Fields of Inquiry, Proceedings of the 2003 International Conference, Helsinki, Finland (Washington DC: ACSA, 2004).
Proceedings: “Theory of the Metropolis,” La Città Nuova, proceedings of ACSA International Conference, Rome (Washington DC: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 1999).
Proceedings: “Kynical Utopia: Architectural Machines as Enlightenment Critique,” in G Sacarro and E Battisti, eds., Space, Time, and Simultaneity in Utopia (Rome: University of Rome, 1992).
Proceedings: “Image Against Representation: Vico's Architecture of the Sublime,” in A Chen and J Robinson, eds., Reflections on Representation, Proceedings of “Reflections on Representations” (Buffalo: School of Planning and Architecture, SUNY Buffalo, 1991).

For a complete list of publications and other activities, see Kunze's updated curriculum vitæ.