International Academic Journal of Social Sciences

  • ISSN 2454-3918

Baudrillardian Analysis of Paul Auster‟s City of Glass and Hyperrealization of Identity

Pedram Lalbakhsh and Bahar Jalali Honarmand

Abstract: A characteristic feature of Paul Auster‟s fiction has been his prolific introduction and usage of postmodern concepts. City of Glass (1985) as one of his debut works which comes to be known as a representative of the postmodern detective fiction, is one of the most significant novels in which multiple clusters of identities are used for characterization. This paper offers a Baudrillardian analysis of the protagonist- Daniel Quinn- and his surrounding characters and tries to analyze their constant metamorphosis of identities as a result of living in a simulation of reality. Baudrillard identifies the means by which, as part of a process of „Simulation‟, Hyperreal identities and values are governing the mentality of today‟s people. Thus in the context of a critique of a hyperreal society as a universal simulation, studying City of Glass associates Quinn's microcosm of hyperrealistic identities with Baudrillard's forth's order of Simulacra to foreground Auster's "command models" of Simulacra as a postmodern paradigm

Keywords: Paul Auster, City of Glass, Jean Baudrillard, Hyperreality, Identity

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Volume 4, Issue 2, 2017