CFP: [American] The Invention of Illusions: International Perspectives on Paul Auster

full name / name of organization: 
Jesus A. Gonzalez
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We are seeking contributions for a collection of essays on Paul Auster to
be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The collection will offer
an international and interdisciplinary approach to Paul Auster’s work and
focus particularly on his post-1995 works.

There is a clear need to study Auster’s later production and to re-read
his earlier novels and stories in light of his most recent work as a
fiction and non-fiction writer and filmmaker. Two further aspects to be
taken into account are Paul Auster’s role as an international writer
(influenced, and influential, equally on the American and European
literary scene) and as an interdisciplinary artist who has been involved
in editing, translating and collaborative projects in the visual arts.

We would particularly welcome essays on the following themes:

- Auster as an international writer (intertextual references to Don
Quixote, the tradition of courtly love, Pinocchio, Franz Kafka, Samuel
Beckett, Paul Celan, Knut Hamsun or other European writers or works)
- Auster’s work as an editor (poetry, fiction, radio stories)
- Auster’s work as a literary critic
- Auster’s work as a translator
- Auster’s work as a filmmaker and visual artist
- Auster in the 21st century

Contributors may also want to engage with the debate on Auster’s position
in the American canon and address the following questions: where does
Auster belong on the literary map? Is he a ‘true’ American writer, or is
he rather a Brooklyn chroniclerâ€"or even a displaced European artist? Has
there been an evolution on his later work?

Essays should be between 6,000-8,000 words. A 300-word abstract (with an
estimated word count for the finished article) and a brief biographical
statement should be sent by 30 June 2008 to Jesus A. Gonzalez
( and Stefania Ciocia
( Accepted essays are expected to be
submitted by March 2009.

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