• ''some kind of thing it aint us but yet its in us'': David Mitchell, Russell Hoban, and Metafiction After the Millennium

    Author(s):
    Martin Paul Eve (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone
    Subject(s):
    British literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    postmodernism, Russell Hoban, David Mitchell
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6N302
    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.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    Attribution

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