Nonhuman Presence and Ontological Instability in Twenty-First Century New York Fiction

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This article explores ontological instability in three contemporary New York novels. Drawing on Brian McHale’s Postmodernist Fiction and on the concept of the fold as developed by Gilles Deleuze, it examines Teju Cole’s Open City (2011), Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City (2009), and Ben Lerner’s 10:04 (2014) and looks, in particular, at how occurrences of nonhuman presence and menacing weather conditions threaten the ontological stability of the narrated storyworld.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNarrating Nonhuman Spaces
Subtitle of host publicationForm, Story, and Experience Beyond Anthropocentrism
EditorsMarco Caracciolo, Marlene Karlsson Marcussen, David Rodriguez
ISBN (Electronic)9781003181866
ISBN (Print)9781032021010
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in World Literatures and the Environment

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3


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