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Group Colloquium Assignment

  1. 1. By Melissa MacDougall, Ken Gorman, and Katherine Chan We Will Discuss: P.Auster, City of Glass . p.114-203 C.McGrath, “Not Funnies,” NY Times Magazine S.McCloud, Understanding Comics (excerpt)
  2. 2. Order of Presentation <ul><li>Who is Paul Auster anyways? </li></ul><ul><li>Synopsis of City of Glass p. 1-113 by Ken </li></ul><ul><li>City of Glass by Melissa and Katherine </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of “Not Funnies” and “Understanding Comics” by Ken </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting and Linking – Narrative and City of Glass </li></ul><ul><li>Critical and Analytical Interpretation – Discussing parts of City of Glass that were not obvious on first reading </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion Questions </li></ul><ul><li>* We are also open to questions and discussions after each slide </li></ul>
  3. 3. Paul Auster <ul><li>Lives in Brooklyn, New York </li></ul><ul><li>City of Glass is part of “The New York Trilogy” </li></ul><ul><li>other novels are Ghosts and The Locked Room </li></ul><ul><li>He is the author of many novels, 2 memoirs, </li></ul><ul><li>3 screenplays (which he also directed), </li></ul><ul><li>a collection of essays and a volume of </li></ul><ul><li>poems, and he has also edited books </li></ul><ul><li>Many of his works are named on the first page of the novel </li></ul><ul><li>Recipient of the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters </li></ul><ul><li>Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Has won literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in both poetry and prose </li></ul><ul><li>Received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters </li></ul>
  4. 4. City of Glass Synopsis p . 1-113 <ul><li>Typical detective fiction beginning </li></ul><ul><li>Lonely man whose wife and son died </li></ul><ul><li>Lives in New York </li></ul><ul><li>Used to be a popular writer - after his family died he changed his name to William Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>Who is who? And what is the meaning of this as it pertains to the second half of the story? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Theme <ul><li>Is Paul Auster (The Author) all of the characters in the story and do all authors write as if they are all characters of the story? Is he trying to figure himself out through the use of detective writing? </li></ul><ul><li>Does he use the character Quinn to describe all of his different “alter-egos”? Or is Quinn actually all of the alter-egos? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it all just a dream? </li></ul>
  6. 6. City of Glass p. 114-203 <ul><li>Key Points </li></ul><ul><li>Quinn’s 3 Meetings with Stillman Sr </li></ul><ul><li>Stillman Sr. goes missing </li></ul><ul><li>Quinn Meets Auster </li></ul><ul><li>Life in the Alley </li></ul><ul><li>Living in the Stillman house - Time </li></ul><ul><li>“ Daniel Quinn is no one, yet, he is everyone” </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Three Meetings <ul><li>First meeting – pg 115 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Riverside Park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pg 116 - Read “At last Stillman turned ... after a long pause” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pg 121 – Read “Yes. A language that ... Correspond to the world” and “When I say the word umbrella ... expresses the will of man.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pg 122 – “My work is very simple ... Correspond to the things” - Why is he naming these things? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies himself as Quinn </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The Three Meetings II <ul><li>The Second Meeting – pg 124 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Mayflower Cafe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stillman did not recognize Quinn from the day before </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quinn introduced himself as who? And who is this man that he introduced himself as? How do eggs come into this conversation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read pg 128 – “It is our duty...help ourselves” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies himself as Henry Dark </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Three Meetings III <ul><li>The Third Meeting – pg 130 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Took place on the same day as the second, this time back at Riverside Park, and once again Stillman did not recognize him </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pg 131 - “This was the third time Quinn has presented himself, and each time it was as though Quinn had been someone else” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is pretending? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read pg 131 – “The old man asked him ... I can say them all” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pg 134 – “I’ll be able to die happily now, Peter?”- What does this mean? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies himself as Peter Stillman Jr. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Stillman Sr., Missing? <ul><li>Quinn waits for Stillman outside the hotel and he never comes </li></ul><ul><li>Read pg 143 – “It felt as though ... body did not know it” – What starts here? </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies himself as Stillman Sr </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Real Paul Auster? <ul><li>Quinn’s confusion and feeling of failure drives him to confess to the real Paul Auster </li></ul><ul><li>Was Virginia’s call just a mistake? Why is there no Detective Paul Auster? </li></ul><ul><li>Can anyone relate the story of Don Quixote to City of Glass? </li></ul><ul><li>Read pg 158 – “He made one last effort ... “Goodbye myself”” </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies to Daniel (Auster’s son), and Don Quixote (D.Q) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Life in the Alley <ul><li>Why did he abandon his previous life to live in the alley and watch after the Stillman’s? </li></ul><ul><li>Who was he trying to protect? And from who? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the condition of Quinn now? </li></ul><ul><li>Page 173 – Read first paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>Loses his apartment </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Dark Room <ul><li>Read pg 196 “The next time he woke up ... for an answer” </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of time – Read pg 199 “But even after winter ... forgotten it was there” </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies that Max Work persona is dead </li></ul>
  14. 14. Random <ul><li>Overly explicit details </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Arranging notebook in a comfortable way while walking, detailed bowel movements etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Critical and Analytical Interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>The narrator who came in at the end was a bit of a mystery. Anyone have any ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>Theme of Authors “alter-egos” may not have been clear to all readers. Anyone agree or disagree with this? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Connecting and Linking <ul><li>City of Glass and Narrative? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the narrator? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the narratee? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Read pg.90 First Paragraph from course reader </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Discuss: </li></ul><ul><li>C.McGrath, “Not Funnies” NYTimes Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>S.McCloud Understanding Comics </li></ul>
  17. 17. Charles McGrath <ul><li>Author of “Not Funnies” </li></ul><ul><li>Former editor of NYTimes Book Review, and The New Yorker </li></ul><ul><li>Contributer to NYTimes Magazine </li></ul>
  18. 18. Discuss:What are comics? <ul><li>Personal connection </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a male genre? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it something that you take part in now? </li></ul><ul><li>Read citing (pg 26) </li></ul>
  19. 19. R.Crumb
  20. 20. Discuss R.Crumb
  21. 21. Art Spiegelman
  22. 22. Daniel Clowes
  23. 23. Joe Sacco
  24. 24. Julie Doucet
  25. 25. Chris Ware
  26. 26. Scott McCloud
  27. 27. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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