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dc.contributor.authorHarris-Birtill, Rose
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-08T16:30:07Z
dc.date.available2017-09-08T16:30:07Z
dc.date.issued2017-09-08
dc.identifier.citationHarris-Birtill , R 2017 , ' 'Looking down time's telescope at myself': reincarnation and global futures in David Mitchell's fictional worlds ' , KronoScope: The Journal for the Study of Time , vol. 17 , no. 2 , pp. 163-181 . https://doi.org/10.1163/15685241-12341382en
dc.identifier.issn1567-715x
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-5590-4408/work/63716853
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85029814202
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/11633
dc.description.abstractThis essay explores the trope of reincarnation across the works of British author David Mitchell (b.1969) as an alternative approach to linear temporality, whose spiralling cyclicality warns of the dangers of seeing past actions as separate from future consequences, and whose focus on human interconnection demonstrates the importance of collective, intergenerational action in the face of ecological crises. Drawing on the Buddhist philosophy of samsara, or the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, this paper identifies links between the author’s interest in reincarnation and its secular manifestation in the treatment of time in his fictions. These works draw on reincarnation in their structures and characterisation as part of an ethical approach to the Anthropocene, using the temporal model of ‘reincarnation time’ as a narrative strategy to demonstrate that a greater understanding of generational interdependence is urgently needed in order to challenge the linear ‘end of history’ narrative of global capitalism.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofKronoScope: The Journal for the Study of Timeen
dc.rights© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2017. This work has been made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created manuscript and as such may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685241-12341382en
dc.rights© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2017. This work has been made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created manuscript and as such may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685241-12341382en
dc.subjectDavid Mitchellen
dc.subjectReincarnationen
dc.subjectTimeen
dc.subjectBuddhismen
dc.subjectLiteratureen
dc.subjectLiterature and capitalismen
dc.subjectLiterature and criticismen
dc.subjectContemporary fictionen
dc.subjectThe Bone Clocksen
dc.subjectGhostwrittenen
dc.subjectCloud Atlasen
dc.subjectSlade Houseen
dc.subjectNumber9dreamen
dc.subjectThe Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoeten
dc.subjectBlack Swan Greenen
dc.subjectMarinusen
dc.subjectBodhisattvaen
dc.subjectAnthropoceneen
dc.subjectNietzscheen
dc.subjectcontemporary literatureen
dc.subjectSpeculative fictionen
dc.subjectPhilosophyen
dc.subjectPhilosophy of timeen
dc.subjectFictionen
dc.subjectBritish literatureen
dc.subjectEnglish literatureen
dc.subjectSamsaraen
dc.subjectCapitalismen
dc.subjectLiterary theoryen
dc.subjectCritical theoryen
dc.subjectPR English literatureen
dc.subjectT-NDASen
dc.subject.lccPRen
dc.title'Looking down time's telescope at myself': reincarnation and global futures in David Mitchell's fictional worldsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPreprinten
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Englishen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1163/15685241-12341382
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.date.embargoedUntil2019-09-08
dc.identifier.urlhttp://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/15685241-12341382en


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