Paul Auster has been classified as an American writer concerned
with the experience and moral health of his country, as a cult
writer, and as an eminent storyteller. Auster's narratives are
inhabited by writers in various guises: the writer as detective,
the writer as anarchist, as orphan, as son and father; the writer,
ultimately, as someone striving to become 'human.' They all
reflect on the processes and mechanisms of writing, and on what
stories mean to us as individuals in contemporary society. We will
discuss the substratum of self-reflection that is almost always
woven into Auster's narratives.
Texts: six of Auster’s novels (The New York Trilogy,
Leviathan, Travels in the Scriptorium, Man in
the Dark and Sunset Park), a selection of his essays,
film scripts, relevant theory and criticism.