“some kind of thing it aint us but yet its in us”: David Mitchell, Russell Hoban, and metafiction after the millennium

Eve, Martin Paul (2014) “some kind of thing it aint us but yet its in us”: David Mitchell, Russell Hoban, and metafiction after the millennium. SAGE Open . ISSN 2158-2440

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Abstract

This article appraises the debt that David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas owes to the novels of Russell Hoban, including, but not limited to, Riddley Walker. After clearly mapping a history of Hoban’s philosophical perspectives and Mitchell’s inter-textual genre-impersonation practice, the article assesses the degree to which Mitchell’s metatextual methods indicate a nostalgia for by-gone radical aesthetics rather than reaching for new modes of its own. The article not only proposes several new backdrops against which Mitchell’s novel can be read but also conducts the first in-depth appraisal of Mitchell’s formal linguistic replication of Riddley Walker.

Keywords:Russell Hoban, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, Riddley Walker, Metafiction, JCOpen
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:13296
Deposited On:07 Feb 2014 14:30

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