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Tytuł: Lost in space, lost in himself: Paul Auster’s Ghosts and the postmodern city
Autorzy: Kula, Julia
Słowa kluczowe: Auster
postmodern detective fiction
Data wydania: 2020
Data dodania: 9-cze-2020
Wydawca: The University of Bialystok
Źródło: Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies 28 (1/2020), pp. 21-36
Abstrakt: Ghosts, the second part of Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy, is generically classified as anti-detective fiction. The dominant setting of the novel, the urban space of New York and the observatory apartment located in it, is endowed with postmodern qualities, which leads to the transformation of the specificity of the investigation and its departure from one that is traditional. Whereas, traditionally, in detective fiction the dominant space, be it a locked room or a city, to mention a few, offers the sleuth clues necessary for solving the case, in the postmodern story of detection these clues are disorienting or meaningless. Hence, the primary aim of this article is to examine the interrelation between the dominating chronotope in the novel and the investigation led by the protagonist, Blue. I intend to prove how the surroundings contribute to the replacement of rational and objective judgment of the case with personal engagement. The article also aims at providing an overview of the transformations of urban space in detective fiction, which functions as the introduction to a further discussion.
Afiliacja: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
Nota biograficzna: Julia Kula is a graduate assistant and a PhD candidate at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. She holds a Master’s Degree in British literature. Her PhD thesis explores the interrelation between literary genres and defining chronotopes in Paul Auster’s fiction. She has participated in various conferences in which she has presented papers concerning, but not limited to, Auster’s novels. She has published on Auster’s fiction and works of Neil Gaiman, Dmitry Glukhovsky, and Suzanne Collins, above all. Her main areas of academic interest include postmodernism, the evolution of generic conventions, the construction of urban space, as well as spatial semiotics.
DOI: 10.15290/cr.2020.28.1.02
e-ISSN: 2300-6250
metadata.dc.identifier.orcid: 0000-0003-0143-4874
Typ Dokumentu: Article
Występuje w kolekcji(ach):Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies, 2020, Issue 28

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