Collection of Essays on David Mitchell - Call for Abstracts

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Courtney Hopf (NYU) and Wendy Knepper (Brunel University)
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Building on from our successful Symposium on David Mitchell held at NYU London on 9 May, we are moving forward with a proposal for a collection with a major publisher and are seeking abstracts for selection.

Mitchell’s oeuvre is often celebrated for its distinctive vision of cosmopolitanism, remediation of genre(s), and relationship to postmodern, posthuman, and postcolonial discourses. This collection of essays aims to expand our understanding of Mitchell’s work by considering all aspects of his literary and cultural output, including novels, short stories, cinematic adaptation, opera/libretti, and multimodal aesthetics.

Works by David Mitchell

- Ghostwritten (1999)
- number9dream (2001)
- Cloud Atlas (2004)
- Black Swan Green (2006)
- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010)
- The Bone Clocks (2014)
- Short stories
- Libretti / operatic performance
- Translation (perhaps in connection with disability studies)
- Film adaptation (Cloud Atlas and The Voorman Problem)

Possible topics (but not a comprehensive list!)
- Stylistic concerns, such as experimentation, realism, genres, slipstream, etc.
- Eco-criticism
- Gender / Feminist / Queer perspectives
- Terror / Trauma
- Postcolonial perspectives
- Biopolitics and in/securities
- Disability Studies
- East/West
- Globalization
- World literature
- Music and/or Multimodal approaches
- Popular Culture
- Influences and intertextual readings

Deadline for abstracts: 1 August, 2014
For this collection, we would prefer to see proposals focusing on a single text or grouped works as listed above. Please email abstracts of 300-400 words to Wendy Knepper at and Courtney Hopf at If you would like to write on The Bone Clocks, please do contact us to arrange for a later submission deadline. We anticipate chapters of 6,000 words in length.

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