The Spatial Poetics and the "Murder of the Real"in Paul Auster's City of Glass*


  • جبار ھاشم حبیب الزبیدي عامر رسول مھدي


Paul Auster's City of Glass is here singled out as representative of the writer's The New
York Trilogy. All throughout his novelistic career, Auster has been working on a pseudothesis
that adheres to a certain aesthetic of disappearance. The study engages this Austerian
aesthetic apropos of certain theoretical stretches such as the Emersonian "Not Me", the
Thoreauvian "interval" or "nowhere", the Deleuzian "nomadic trajectory", the Derridian
"grammè" or "specter", and the Baudrillardian "disappearance". The city of the novel's titling
is here seen as the trope of all that which has already disappeared, and hence it is seen as the
space (mise en scène) where the perfect crime of the murder of the real is to be thoroughly redramatized
and re-thought. The writer's use of the assets of the detective genre in its
postmodernist nuances is also seen as a genuine part of this endeavour.


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عامر رسول مھدي ج. ھ. ح. ا. “The Spatial Poetics and the ‘Murder of the Real’in Paul Auster’s City of Glass*”. Journal of the College of Education for Women, vol. 25, no. 3, Feb. 2019,