Psykologi i litteraturen

Josefine Mølholm Larsen, Pernille Kjeldsen, Helene Miriam Nielsen Norbye, Ida Bjørn Dyrbye, Nanna Yong Gruber, Emilie Salvig & Simone Rysse Rummelhoff Steffensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract With this problem statement: Which role does identity play in the novel City of Glass written by Paul Auster, and which effect does the postmodern society have on the identity of the protagonist Quinn? as a baseline, we will in this project analyze the novel City of Glass from 1985 written by Paul Auster, with the main focus on the protagonist Quinn. We will also make a further study on the effects of the postmodern society and its influence on Quinn's identity in the novel. The project is based on the theories from sociologists Erving Goffman and Anthony Giddens. The two theoreticians have very opposite perceptions on the definition of the term identity. Erving Goffman speaks of the different kinds of roles the individual present themselves with, and how they interact frontstage and backstage, whereas Anthony Giddens speaks of identity, self-identity and the reflexive project, which are tools for the individual to establish their own identity in the postmodern society. However, the two theoreticians have opposite perceptions, but combined, their theories complement each other and give us a great opportunity to go in depth with the term identity. To scrutinize the issue regarding Quinn's identity, we have chosen to make a literary analysis in order to find the essential points, which will be used for the following psychological analysis. The discussion is based on the two analyses, in which we will discuss the crucial points of Goffman and Giddens, and how their theories can explain Quinn's loss of identity. Furthermore, we will put the theories up against each other, to look at the strength and weaknesses they both possess. We have come to the conclusion that identity plays a major role in the novel and can, to some extent, explain Quinn's disappearance, and another additional and reasonable explanation for his disappearance, is that he lives in a postmodern society, which provide anonymous shelter for individuals.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2014
VejledereEmilie Beglaubter


  • Postmodernisme
  • Identitet