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The Cosmopolitan Novel$
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Berthold Schoene

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638154

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638154.001.0001

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Suburban Worlds: Rachel Cusk and Jon McGregor

Suburban Worlds: Rachel Cusk and Jon McGregor

(p.154) Chapter 5 Suburban Worlds: Rachel Cusk and Jon McGregor
The Cosmopolitan Novel

Berthold Schoene

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on a reading of Rachel Cusk's sixth novel, Arlington Park, and Jon McGregor's debut, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, both of which are concerned with the representations of suburbia and differ from McEwan's depiction of city life. It primarily discusses the novels' representation of individuality and communal dynamics, and the ways the chosen perspectives and representational techniques of the authors guide or delay globalisation processes. The chapter also discusses the manifestation of other cosmopolitan modes, habits, and states of communal being-in-common, and the degree to which the narratives open up and aim at creating the world.

Keywords:   Rachel Cusk, Jon McGregor, representations of suburbia, individuality, communal dynamics, globalisation processes, cosmopolitan modes

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