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Title: Points of departure : Paul Auster and the loss of authority
Author: Peacock, James
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis argues that the primary catalyst for Paul Auster’s work is the loss of authority. In his poetry this is chiefly the loss of the language’s ability, and hence the poet’s ability to reflect accurately and with sincere attention the objects of the gaze. Following The Invention of Solitude, the absent authority becomes the father and by analogy God and foundational mythologies for national and authorial identity. In Auster’s texts we see two possible reasons for the loss. First, a tendency for characters to retreat melancholically and sophistically into the self. Alternatively characters can seek democratic correlations with others in a more ethical and ultimately more libertine form of mourning.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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