Mark Brown

in Paul Auster

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780719073960
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700945 | DOI:

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This chapter studies the three main themes of language, writing and New York. It studies New York for the ways the characters, particularly Quinn in ‘City of Glass’, relate to the urban experience. It then discusses Auster's persistent theme of language and its capacity to engage and represent the metropolitan condition. This chapter also reviews the idea of writing, and emphasises the instabilities of literary form.

Keywords: language; writing; New York; urban experience; metropolitan condition; instabilities; literary form

Chapter.  15255 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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