publication . Article . 2017

Psychogeography and the Victims of the City in McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City

Pouria Torkamaneh; Pedram Lalbakhsh;
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  • Published: 16 Oct 2017 Journal: Epiphany Journal of Transdiciplinary Studies (issn: 2303-6850, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: International University of Sarajevo
Abstract
The present article approaches Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City (1984) in light of Merlin Coverley’s concept of psychogeography to demonstrate the direct authority of the city as an integral part of the protagonist’s persona. The idea is to emphasize that urbanity, in its postmodern sense, can function as a culpable agent in shaping up the protagonist’s behavior and determining his fate. Therefore, this research studies McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City to reveal how the life of the leading character – with his unstable state of mind – takes root primarily in his chaotic living environment. A psychogeographic evaluation of this novel allows us to see th...
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free text keywords: Psychogeography; Bright Lights, Big City; Urbanity; Postmodern fiction, Psychogeography, Postmodernism, Urbanity, Alienation, Sociology, Metropolitan area, Literature, business.industry, business, Persona, Aesthetics, McInerney, Psyche
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publication . Article . 2017

Psychogeography and the Victims of the City in McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City

Pouria Torkamaneh; Pedram Lalbakhsh;