The Right Sort of Form for "The Right Sort" David Mitchell's Tweet-Story

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Details zur Publikation

Autorinnen und Autoren: Bayer G
Herausgeber: Maria Löschnigg, Rebekka Schuh
Titel Sammelwerk: The Epistolary Renaissance: A Critical Approach to Contemporary Letter Narratives in Anglophone Fiction
Verlag: De Gruyter
Verlagsort: Berlin, Boston
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2018
Band: 62
Seitenbereich: 277-288
ISSN: 0340-5435


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 'letter' means in the digital age. Mitchell frequently elides the limitation of the social 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 variant of the letter, the telegraph system. By engaging in this type of restricted writing, itself reminiscent of early post-war formal experiments in the style of OULIPO, 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-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

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


Zitierweisen

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

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