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Cricket Playing in America: Real and Imagined Places of New York in Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland

Authors
  • Starshova, Oksana
Type
Published Article
Journal
East-West Cultural Passage
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
Volume
21
Issue
2
Pages
65–86
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/ewcp-2021-0014
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

In his novel Netherland, Joseph O’Neill discusses several issues that arise for a contemporary wanderer or immigrant, namely, issues of adjustment, cultural transition, becoming visible, etc. The search for a new home is accompanied by the idea of a new place and the memory of the native place. Immigrants provide a particular perspective of the city from the position of an outsider. New York is the city that allows seeing the correlation between a geographic perception and the idea of a place that is formed by an immigrant. Real places of New York and their fictional representations in O’Neill’s novel become the focus of this study. The geocritical approach is employed as a productive tool for the analysis of New York spatiality and myth-making.

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