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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 187–205.
Published: 01 June 2023
... the relationship between place, detail, and narrative in Teju Cole’s Open City (2011), which has often been praised for its intimate portrayal of New York. With Open City Cole offers a metanarrative commentary on the detail’s function in previous literary periods and modes, from the nineteenth-century novel’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 261–272.
Published: 01 June 2023
... multiculturalism that underpins that conscription. Shirley Lau Wong reads the narrator of Teju Cole’s Open City (2011) as seeking, in the urban details he rapturously collects while walking, a refuge from his ethical responsibilities. These include responsibilities to his psychiatric patients, to strangers...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 117–128.
Published: 01 June 2023
... descriptions of New York in Teju Cole’s novel Open City (2011). Rather than make the constructed world of the novel feel authentic or “real,” the topographical details in Open City produce a flattened urbanscape, strangely devoid of people or meaningful interactions between the narrator and the city’s...