Paul Auster: New York Trilogy

(3962 words)

The Intellectual Context

For all its declared interest in entertaining, postmodern fiction has not always been the seductive, fun-filled place to visit anticipated by the enthusiastic Robert Scholes in his now classical study, The Fabulators (1967), written in the then early days of postmodern experimentation. In his programmatic essay “The Literature of Exhaustion”, published in the same year of 1967, John Barth argued it was not so much that the contemporary writer had run out of plots, rather, humbled by the monumental scale of Joyce's achievement, whatever creativity remained available for the contemporary novelist was impeded by the demand of being “technically up-to-date”. However, decades of …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Neagu, Adriana-Cecilia. "New York Trilogy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 August 2006
[, accessed 29 November 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. Postmodernist American Fiction
  2. Metafictional Writing