Event Title

A Never-Changing Map: Cartographic Experiments and a Return to the Subject in Cloud Atlas

Presenter Information

Rebecca Nieto

Location

Science Center, A254

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2012 4:00 PM

End Date

4-27-2012 5:00 PM

Abstract

This project utilizes cartographic discourse to explore the nuances of subject-formation in the postmodern text. With David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas (2004) as my object of inquiry, I examine temporal and spatial aspects that play into the construction of the literary subject. By examining how time, space, and subjectivities are married or fragmented across the vignette-style form of Mitchell’s novel, I strive to articulate how the literary subject can be at once whole, yet fragmented, complete yet partial, traceable yet obscured.

Notes

Session III, Panel 3: Historical Frequencies of Gender, Literature, and Subjectivity
Moderator: Sandra Zagarell, Professor of English

Major

English

Advisor(s)

T.S. McMillin, English

Project Mentor(s)

Anuradha Needham, English

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A Never-Changing Map: Cartographic Experiments and a Return to the Subject in Cloud Atlas

Science Center, A254

This project utilizes cartographic discourse to explore the nuances of subject-formation in the postmodern text. With David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas (2004) as my object of inquiry, I examine temporal and spatial aspects that play into the construction of the literary subject. By examining how time, space, and subjectivities are married or fragmented across the vignette-style form of Mitchell’s novel, I strive to articulate how the literary subject can be at once whole, yet fragmented, complete yet partial, traceable yet obscured.