Delve Summer 2019: On Paul Auster: Authorship and Textuality


Delve Summer 2019: On Paul Auster: Authorship and Textuality


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Tuesdays, June 18 – July 2 (3 meetings)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Guide: Ivonne Saed Tuition: $110

The act of writing, memory, chance, the double, and the deconstruction of the protagonist are frequent literary elements we find in Paul Auster’s fictional work, especially in The New York Trilogy. The first novel of the set, City of Glass (1985), is one of the best examples, where New York City becomes a labyrinth to be deciphered and traced by its characters. Auster treats this exploration of the city and the act of writing as one and the same, creating an allegory of the book of Genesis, set in modern times. In Ghosts (1986), the second book of Trilogy, the author continues to examine, through a very particular and unique game of mirrors, the same concerns of language and otherness, and the effect that the city has on his characters.

Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy. New York: Penguin Books, 1986.

Paul Auster. City of Glass [graphic novel]. Adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli. Introduction by Art Spiegelman. New York: Picador, 2004.

To read before the first meeting: the first half of City of Glass, through page 87.


Graphic designer, writer, translator, and photographer, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual, both in her creative work and in teaching. She is the author of the novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Triple Chronicle of a Name)—Juan Rulfo National Award for First Novel in Mexico, and the non-fiction Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (On Paul Auster: Authorship, Dystopia and Textuality). She has co-authored other fiction and non-fiction books, and has published book reviews, short fiction and photos in several newspapers and magazines in Mexico and the US. She’s taught literature at Oregon State University, Marylhurst University and Universidad Iberoamericana, and she’s been a Delve guide since 2011. Her work has been staged with Jewish Theatre Collaborative (Portland) and Jewish Women’s Theatre (Los Angeles).

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