The Dialogic Imagination of Paul Auster
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Lindegaard, Morten Christian 1, Forfatter
Siegumfeldt, Inge Birgitte2, Vejleder
1Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7035              
2Institut for Engelsk, Germansk og Romansk, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7037              
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 Abstract: This thesis concerns Paul Auster“'s use of different varieties of novelistic discourse in The Invention of Solitude and Winter Journal. The theoretical background of this thesis is found in Mikhail Bakhtin's collection of essays The Dialogic Imagination which offers a discussion of the novel as consisting of different strands of novelistic discourse. His theories are used as a backdrop to present the texts as novels that engage the issues of authorship, genre, language, memory, chance and the problem of representation. First, the thesis examines key concepts of Bakhtinian thought such as the “utterance,” “dialogism,” and “social heteroglossia” in order to adopt a Bakhtinian analysis of Paul Auster's books. Secondly, it presents the two very different parts of The Invention of Solitude, namely “Portrait of an Invisible Man“ and “The Book of Memory“ examining key socio-ideological constructions, concepts such as memory, chance, and representation to present the case that an autobiography should be perceived as a fictional construct. The thesis also contains a discussion of authorship in light of Auster's playful approach to the subject, and in light of the aftermath of postmodern and poststructuralist theories. Thirdly, the newest book by Paul Auster, Winter Journal, has a fascinating new take to the “genre” of life writing with its use of the 2nd person. An analysis of that form will be used to trace how far, or where, Paul Auster has taken his authorship after 30 years of success that The New York Trilogy spawned.
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Alternativ titel: A Bakhtinian approach to the novelistic discourse found in Paul Auster's novels The Invention of Solitude and Winter Journal
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Sprog: English - eng
 Datoer: 2013
 Sider: 68
 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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 Type: Speciale
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