Gingerbread bookstore created a few years ago
by my friend Professor Kathleen O'Gorman
Look closely and you'll see that this Gingerbread House has its own Gingerbread House! When I praised Kathie for the charm of this particular design feature, she said, "Ah, the meta-gingerbread house! The measure of how desperately I didn't want to grade papers that year!"
In practice, that is.
In theory, it's the measure of "interiorty":
"A house within a house, the dollhouse not only presents the house's articulation of the tension between inner and outer spheres of exteriority and interiority -- it also represents the tension between two modes of interiority. Occupying a space within an enclosed space, the dollhouse's aptest analogy is the locket or the secret recesses of the heart: center within center, within within within. The dollhouse is a materialized secret: what we look for is the dollhouse within the dollhouse and its promise of an infinitely profound interiority."
the Souvenir, the Collection (p 61)
by Susan Stewart ~ poet, professor, academic folklorist
For a more in - depth look at this and other fascinating examples of "gingerbread house theory," see my latest post:
. . . or Holding in the Palm of Your Hand
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