New and old Amsterdam in Twenty-First Century fiction

Lauret, Maria (2020) New and old Amsterdam in Twenty-First Century fiction. In: Wilson, Ross (ed.) New York: a literary history. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 227-239. ISBN 9781108470810

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Abstract

This chapter examines the evocation of New Amsterdam within contemporary novels of New York. You would think that, considering its humble, yet extraordinary beginnings as New Amsterdam, New York’s earliest history as a multicultural, multilingual Dutch settlement might have generated its own literature. However, this origin point is largely absent within American literary history. By assessing how New York’s Dutch origins have been featured in contemporary literature, this chapter examines Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, Teju Cole’s Open City and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. These novels are examined for how New Amsterdam is set as the scene for New York’s present and its future.

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Schools and Departments: School of English > English
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Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2021 10:15
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 10:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/97555

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