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Time, Narrative and Imagination: essays on Paul Auster (one volume collection of essays in English)
full name / name of organization:
dr Arkadiusz Misztal, English Institute, Gdansk University, Poland
In his introduction to Conversations with Paul Auster James M. Hutchinson observes that Auster’s love of experimentation and eagerness to test new boundaries often confound critics’ expectations and make his narratives problematic in terms of generic categorization. Moreover, Auster’s work “at times seems so implausibly imaginative that critics sometimes tend to discount the seriousness of his art” (xviii). If there is anything like a common thread that runs through all of his stories, it is perhaps Auster’s persistent and determined blurring of the line between the real and the imagined. As August Brill, a retired literary critic in Man in the Dark puts it, “the real and the imagined are one”. The present volume seeks to explore this intertwining in Auster’s fiction in the context of broadly defined problematics of time and narrative. We are looking for contributions that will approach various works by Auster, his novels, screenplays, essays, and memoirs from specifically temporal perspective. By doing so, we hope to reveal and critically examine Austerian articulation of temporality and his creative involvement with the contemporary culture of space and time.
• Auster’s meditation on transience and mortality
This collection is under contract with Gdańsk University Press. All submissions will be reviewed by the collection’s editor and the editorial board for the “between.pomiędzy” series. Each contributor will receive a free copy of the collection upon its publication. The volume will be published in English
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