David Mitchell is one of the most critically acclaimed authors in contemporary global writing. Novels such as Ghostwritten, Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks demonstrate the author's dazzling literary technique in an oeuvre that crosses genres, genders and borders, moving effortlessly through time and space.
David Mitchell: Contemporary Critical Perspectives brings together leading scholars of contemporary fiction to guide readers through the full range of the author's writings, including discussions of all of his novels to-date plus his shorter fictions, essays and libretti. As well as offering extended coverage of Mitchell's most popular work, Cloud Atlas, the authors explore Mitchell's genre-hopping techniques, world-making aesthetics, and engagements with key contemporary issues such as globalization, empire, the environment, disability, trauma and technology. In addition, this book includes an expansive interview with David Mitchell as well as a guide to further reading to help students and readers alike explore the works of this tremendously inventive writer.
About the Author
Wendy Knepper is a visiting scholar in World Literature at University of Washington. Her previous publications include Postcolonial Literature (2011) and Patrick Chamoiseau: A Critical Introduction (2012) as well as contributions to PMLA, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, ARIEL, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Small Axe, among others.
Courtney Hopf is Lecturer and Programme Manager for Liberal Studies and Creative Arts at New York University London, UK. She has previously published work on Cloud Atlas in David Mitchell: Critical Essays (2011), as well as essays in Alluvium and Rhizomes.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Hari Kunzru
Introduction, Wendy Knepper (Brunel University London, UK) and Courtney Hopf (New York University London, UK)
1. Navigating “the Reality Gap”: Utopianism and Globalization in David Mitchell's Ghostwritten, Hugh Charles O'Connell (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA)
2. The Search for Meaning in David Mitchell's Number9dream, Nick Bentley (Keele University, UK)
3. The Conservatism of Cloud Atlas, Martin Paul Eve (University of Lincoln, UK)
4. David Mitchell's Shorter Fiction, Wendy Knepper (Brunel University London, UK)
5. “Battling Hangman”: The Stammering Narrative of Black Swan Green, Courtney Hopf (New York University London, UK)
6. The Liminal Stages of Globalization in The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Jason Howard Mezey (St. Joseph's University, USA)
7. Presence, Spectrality and History in The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, William Stephenson (University of Chester, UK)
8. Voicing Tragedy in David Mitchell's Libretti, Rose Harris-Birtill (University of St. Andrews, UK)
9. Mitchell's Eco-critical Imaginary: From Ghostwritten to The Bone Clocks, Treasa DeLoughry (University College Dublin, Ireland)
10. LEGO-ic Characterisation and Maximalist Aesthetics in The Bone Clocks, Chris Koenig-Woodyard (University of Toronto, Canada)
Interview with David Mitchell, Wendy Knepper (Brunel University London, UK) and Courtney Hopf (New York University London, UK)
Further Reading and Online Resources