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'Another history': alternative americas in Paul Auster's fiction

Abstract: Even though Paul Auster's work has been influenced by European writers, he is also a fundamentally American writer. His settings, many of his literary references, his characters and most of his themes are certainly American. And so is his interest in American history and reality. Moon Palace (1989), for example, deals with the creation of the myth of the American Dream as the country extended its frontier westward. One of the ways for Auster to express his concerns is the creation of parallel fictions like 'Kepler's Blood', a story-within-the-story which fictionally rewrites the origins of the US. Almost two decades later, Travels in the Scriptorium (2006) creates another Western American fiction by moving forward and describing a parallel nineteenth-century North America and a country called 'the Confederation'. Finally, in Man in the Dark (2008), Auster's effort at the creation of alternative Americas reaches the twenty-first century by showing a country where the 2000 election has led to secession and war. This essay analyses the parallel worlds created by Auster to question American myths and archetypes, particularly as they relate to the origins of the myths behind the creation of the United States of America.

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 Autoría: González J.A.,

 Fuente: Comparative American Studies: an international journal, 2011, 9(1), 21-34

Editorial: Routledge

 Fecha de publicación: 01/03/2011

Nº de páginas: 13

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1179/147757011X12983070064836

ISSN: 1477-5700,1741-2676