The Right Sort of Form for “The Right Sort”: David Mitchell's Tweet-Story

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Publication Details

Author(s): Bayer G
Editor(s): Löschnigg, Maria / Schuh, Rebekka
Title edited volumes: The Epistolary Renaissance: A Critical Approach to Contemporary Letter Narratives in Anglophone Fiction
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publishing place: Berlin
Publication year: 2018
Title of series: Buchreihe der Anglia / Anglia Book Series
Volume: 62
Pages range: 277-288
ISBN: 978-3-11-058481-3
Language: English


Abstract

David Mitchell’s Twitter-Short-Story “The Right Sort” was published in dozens of tweets between July 14 and July 18, 2014. Later worked into a central episode of his (short) novel Slade House (2015), this short-paced experimental take on the epistolary form in a social-network age calls into question what ‘let- ter’ means in the digital age. Mitchell frequently elides the limitation of the so- cial message service by employing a form of cross-post enjambement; yet he also demonstrates a commitment to restrict himself to the character limit as provided by the system, committing himself to a paratactical style that evokes another var- iant of the letter, the telegraph system. By engaging in this type of restricted writ- ing, itself reminiscent of early post-war formal experiments in the style of OULI- PO, Mitchell also puts stress on the format of the letter, which increasingly takes on spectral qualities, in full accordance with the short story’s ghostly theme.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Bayer, Gerd Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft


How to cite

APA:
Bayer, G. (2018). The Right Sort of Form for “The Right Sort”: David Mitchell's Tweet-Story. In Löschnigg, Maria / Schuh, Rebekka (Eds.), The Epistolary Renaissance: A Critical Approach to Contemporary Letter Narratives in Anglophone Fiction (pp. 277-288). Berlin: De Gruyter.

MLA:
Bayer, Gerd. "The Right Sort of Form for “The Right Sort”: David Mitchell's Tweet-Story." The Epistolary Renaissance: A Critical Approach to Contemporary Letter Narratives in Anglophone Fiction Ed. Löschnigg, Maria / Schuh, Rebekka, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018. 277-288.

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