Suburban Worlds: Rachel Cusk and Jon McGregor

Berthold Schoene

in The Cosmopolitan Novel

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651795 | DOI:
Suburban Worlds: Rachel Cusk and Jon McGregor

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)


Show Summary Details


This chapter focuses on a reading of Rachel Cusk's sixth novel, Arlington Park, and Jon McGregor's debut, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, both of which are concerned with the representations of suburbia and differ from McEwan's depiction of city life. It primarily discusses the novels' representation of individuality and communal dynamics, and the ways the chosen perspectives and representational techniques of the authors guide or delay globalisation processes. The chapter also discusses the manifestation of other cosmopolitan modes, habits, and states of communal being-in-common, and the degree to which the narratives open up and aim at creating the world.

Keywords: Rachel Cusk; Jon McGregor; representations of suburbia; individuality; communal dynamics; globalisation processes; cosmopolitan modes

Chapter.  11550 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.