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This book focuses upon the literary and autobiographical writings of American novelist Paul Auster, investigating his literary postmodernity in relation to a full range of his writings. Martin addresses Auster’s evocation of a range of postmodern notions, such as the duplicitous art of self-invention, the role of chance and contingency, authorial authenticity and accountability, urban dislocation, and the predominance of duality.
Chapter One: Writing, Self-Invention, Memory: The Residual Modernism of Paul Auster’s Postmodernity
Chapter Two: "Our Lives Are No More Than the Sum of Manifold Contingencies": Paul Auster’s Ambiguous Postmodern Philosophy
Chapter Three: "Every Man is the Author of his Own Life": Postmodern Life-Writing and the Duplicity of Self-Invention
Chapter Four: Dislocation, Ambiguity, Indeterminacy: The Postmodernity of The New York Trilogy
Chapter Five: Postmodern Modes of Social Identity: Paul Auster’s Evocation of Urban Dislocation, Estranged Solitude, Collective Diversity
Chapter Six: The Authority of Authorship: The Ambiguities of Life-Writing in Leviathan