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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 443–459.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Scott Selisker This article describes how the novelist David Mitchell employs the “ topos of the cult,” a set of conventions that describe a mental state of unfreedom, in the novels Ghostwritten (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2004). This figuration of an unfree form of society—characterized by a group's...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 399–416.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Philip Tsang Abstract The article situates David Mitchell's imagination of planetary interconnectedness in the historical development of global English. It argues that Cloud Atlas projects a denationalized, centrifugal vision of the world, only to entrench it in a cohesive, centripetal anglophone...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 207–215.
Published: 01 August 2009
... has called “hyperlink cinema,” a form that emerging directors like Alexandro Gonzáles Iñárritu have used to connect narratives set in widely disparate locations (the film Babel is my case in point). The essay then analyzes David Mitchell's Ghostwritten as a “hypertext” novel, pointing out how its...
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Novel (2021) 54 (2): 315–320.
Published: 01 August 2021
..., Computational Formalism, and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas ( Stanford : Stanford UP , 2019 ), pp. 272 , paper, $25.00 . Copyright © 2021 by Novel, Inc. 2021 Any of us who may have been anxious, when considering this book, that it might threaten to assail some preferred depth or distance...
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Novel (2011) 44 (2): 329–332.
Published: 01 August 2011
... and the homogenizing tendencies of globalization. The far- reaching scope of The Cosmopolitan Novel derives from this definition, which proves able to encompass writers as diverse as David Mitchell, Kiran Desai, and Jon McGregor, thus demonstrating the necessity of moving the debate about contemporary British...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 8–10.
Published: 01 May 2011
... comes after the family. The novels I have in mind—by Kazuo Ishiguro, W. G. Sebald, Ian McEwan, David Mitchell, Jon McGregor, Nicola Barker, and others—invariably insert a strange and estranging microworld within a framework loosely identified with liberal society and presumably...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 330–333.
Published: 01 August 2019
... as the conventions of close reading that rely on attention to local detail: words, images, and histories alike. Proposing, after Franco Moretti and Daniel Hack, “close reading at a distance” (87) as her strategy, Walkowitz ranges over an impressive list of novelists, including J. M. Coetzee, Kazuo Ishiguro, David...
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Novel (2003) 36 (2): 263–266.
Published: 01 August 2003
.... The idea that the novel's telos is underwritten by disability is similar to what David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder have recently called "narrative prosthesis." But whereas Mitchell and Snyder regard disability as a relatively ahistorical phenomenon that struc- tures all narratives, Davis sees...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 326–329.
Published: 01 August 2019
... intersperses theoretical discussions of a topos with close readings of selected novels. For example, in the first section, Ganguly reads David Mitchell's 1999 Ghostwritten and Salman Rushdie's 2005 Shalimar the Clown to illustrate her claims concerning a new configuration of a world marked by “neoliberal...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 388–396.
Published: 01 November 2017
... redistribution by the forces of neoliberalism). Jameson invokes science fiction, the genre that has assigned itself the task of writing future history and the topic of his earlier Archaeologies of the Future —only to settle for David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas , a sort of middlebrow parasite of science fiction...
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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 151–155.
Published: 01 May 2018
... genres in contemporary fiction, including the multiprotagonist novels of writers like Jennifer Egan and David Mitchell. A Victorianist or modernist reader might want to hear more about what stylistic or thematic factors might best distinguish the newest, hyperlinked iterations of the old multiplot novel...
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Novel (2002) 35 (2-3): 193–210.
Published: 01 November 2002
... . 74 –87. Lyotard , Jean-François . The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge . Trans. Geoff Bennington and Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1986 . McHale , Brian . Postmodernist fiction . New York: Routledge, 1996 . Mitchell , David . “Modernist Freaks...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 475–478.
Published: 01 November 2019
... contends that a number of figures in literature and the arts—Zadie Smith, David Mitchell, Chimamanda Adichie, Peter Doig, even the embattled James Frey and the unesteemed Thomas Kinkade—are in fact “assert[ing] impressionism's contemporaneity” in their works, all without the kinds of signs, styles, tropes...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 372–375.
Published: 01 August 2016
... are the concerns and accompanying techniques of the postcolonial historical novel from those of the historical novel now being written in the former colonial metropole? It seems to me that novelists such as Barker, Mantel, Kazuo Ishiguro, and David Mitchell are as concerned with the authority of the historical...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 126–130.
Published: 01 May 2015
... of a single character—world-historical or not—can scarcely accommodate it nor even the meager variety of our own chronological experiences of a limited national time and place” (301). Jameson's example of such a truly historical contemporary novel is David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas , because it dares...
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 May 2023
... in Literary and Critical Theory . Ed. O’Brien Eugene . 25 Oct. 2017 < https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/display/document/obo-9780190221911/obo-9780190221911-0055.xml >. Makumbi Jennifer Nansubuga . Kintu . Oakland : Transit Books , 2017 . Mitchell David . Cloud Atlas...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 437–442.
Published: 01 November 2009
.... In the US Supreme Court’s 1994 ruling on Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., for example, Justice David H. Souter (who was writing for the unanimous majority) stated that 2 Live Crew’s song “Ugly Woman,” which the rap music group claimed to be a parody of Roy Orbison’s famous rock song, “Pretty...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 483–499.
Published: 01 November 2010
... , David . < http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1058&a=212382 >. ———. Giving Offense . Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1996 . ———. Life & Times of Michael K . London: Secker and Warburg, 1983 . ———. Summertime . London: Harvill Secker, 2009 . Critchley , Simon...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 197–205.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., II: 546; III: 124, 132 mimesis, I: 183; III: 189 Okri, Ben Mirzoeff, Nicholas, III: 65 The Famished Road, I: 183 Mitchell, David, I: 207 optics, III: 93 orality, II: 467; III: 124...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 330–335.
Published: 01 August 2010
..., 1991 . Kaufmann , Thomas DaCosta . Toward a Geography of Art . Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2004 . Kwon , Miwon . One Place after Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity . Cambridge, MA: MIT P, 2004 . Livingstone , David N. “Science, Text, and Space: Thoughts...