Reestablishing Connection and Continuity through Solitary Writing—Solitude as Contextualized within Postmodernity in Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things - Volume 4 Number 2 (Jun. 2018) - IJLLL

IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(2): 107-114 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.2.158

Reestablishing Connection and Continuity through Solitary Writing—Solitude as Contextualized within Postmodernity in Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things

R. Chen
Abstract—In his examination of solitude and its place in the postmodern society, Paul Auster reinvents the supposedly reclusive, enclosed, and self-sufficient phenomenon into one that is open, explorative, and inter-reaching. The ambiguous and indeterminate concept serves as an apt epitome of postmodernity that signifies both connection and disconnection. Contemplating the fragility of continuity and connection in the face of prevalent contingencies, Auster proposes for those contextualized by postmodern solitude an active engagement in writing and memory to retain a continuous vision in time, space, language and interpersonal relation. With that tentative solution in mind, he continues to explore and invent meanings for solitude in reservoirs of existential experiences that contain and exceed postmodernity.

Index Terms—Solitude, writing, postmodernity, continuity, contingency.

R. D. Chen is with the School of Foreign Studies at Guangdong University of Finance and Economics, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (e-mail: dannyr_chen_cuhk@ 163.com).

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Cite:R. Chen, "Reestablishing Connection and Continuity through Solitary Writing—Solitude as Contextualized within Postmodernity in Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 107-114, 2018.

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