Solipsism and Solitude

The Alignment of Impressionism and Flânerie in Teju Cole’s Open City

  • Briana Finocchiaro


Written for the author's First-Year Writing Seminar, this essay explores the ways in which Teju Cole's contemporary novel Open City evokes an Impressionist painting in both style and content and portrays the protagonist as a modern flâneur.

For additional context, listen to the author's reflection on the piece below.

Author Biography

Briana Finocchiaro

Briana Finocchiaro is a member of Vanderbilt's Class of 2022.

Author's Reflection

How to Cite
FINOCCHIARO, Briana. Solipsism and Solitude. SCAFFOLD: A SHOWCASE OF VANDERBILT FIRST-YEAR WRITING, [S.l.], v. 1, mar. 2019. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 07 july 2020.