Corporeality and the Metropolis: Dissolving the Body in Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy

Nigianni, Betty (2003) ‘Corporeality and the Metropolis: Dissolving the Body in Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy’, Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism, pp. 139-149.

[img]
Preview
Text
Nigianni, B (2003) GJTC 11 139.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives.

Download (239Kb) | Preview
Official URL: http://www.enl.auth.gr/gramma

Abstract

This article deals with the theme of the shattering of the body in the contemporary urban environment as it appears in Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy. In the three novels of The Trilogy, the writer deals with the complex interaction between the metropolitan cityscape and the human body: moving through a labyrinthine New York whose dimensions exceed by far the human scale, Auster’s heroes experience conditions of depersonalization and assumed absorption by space, which finally lead them to the extreme state of the dissolution of their bodies. This transgression of the physical body, that “melting into the walls of the city” (139), is however celebrated by Auster as a form of transgression of logical boundaries, which permits thought to reveal its poetic nature: the heroes may disappear in the end, however they leave behind them a written story – product and witness of their existence of their existence in the postmodern city that escapes all anthropomorphic qualities in order to reveal a more archaic and inspiring imagery.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Nigianni, B. (2003) ‘Corporeality and the Metropolis: Dissolving the Body in Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy’ Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism, Issue 11, ‘Wrestling Bodies’ pp.139-149.
Divisions: Schools > Arts and Digital Industries, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2010 16:49
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2012 11:59
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1093

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item