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Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South$
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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110751

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.001.0001

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date: 17 December 2018

The Rabbit Factory

The Rabbit Factory

Escaping the Isolation of the Cage

(p.99) The Rabbit Factory
Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Richard Gaughran

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 2003 novel The Rabbit Factory, and suggests that it presupposes but ultimately disproves the argument that contemporary life inevitably and irreversibly reduces the individual to pure commodity. It considers the novel, despite its grotesque images and darkly comic passages, to be a celebration of the basic human desire for connection while acknowledging the profound obstacles that can make such connections difficult to achieve or maintain. Because The Rabbit Factory is populated by animals, there are naturally plenty of cages. Aside from these literal cages, however, there exist figurative cages in which the book’s various characters find themselves trapped. Brown highlights these characters’ desires to escape the isolation and imprisonment of the cage.

Keywords:   connection, Larry Brown, Rabbit Factory, commodity, animals, cages, isolation, imprisonment

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