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Typical Eggers: transnationalism and America in Dave Eggers's 'globally-minded' fiction

Nicol, Bran (2018) Typical Eggers: transnationalism and America in Dave Eggers's 'globally-minded' fiction Textual Practice, 33 (2). pp. 300-317.

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Abstract

Dave Eggers's What is the What and Zeitoun are transnational works in that their narratives detail a passage between nations and concentrate on the experiences of individuals of 'hyphenated identity'. The sequence of novels Eggers has published in the second decade of the twenty-first century mark a distinctive 'American turn' in his work which offers an alternative but complementary transnational perspective. Hologram for the King (2012), The Circle (2013), Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? (2014) and Heroes of the Frontier (2016) focus on 'unhyphenated' American protagonists, and examine the United States both as a specific place and as itself typical of a nation in the globalised twenty-first century world. In their post-postmodern ethical approach to fiction and their assumption that fiction's duty is to 'make reality credible', as Philip Roth once put it, these novels are themselves typical of the values and practices of a specifically US historical category, Mark McGurl's Program Era, but also of categories of transnational fiction critics have recently described as 'global' or 'planetary'. Eggers's US quartet critiques globalisation, but is ultimately more interested in asserting the value of connections between human beings in a globalised world.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Nicol, Branb.nicol@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 25 August 2018
DOI : 10.1080/0950236X.2018.1512548
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Textual Practice on 25th August 2018, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2018.1512548
Uncontrolled Keywords : Transnational; Typicality; Global novel; Post-postmodernism; Planetarity; The Program Era
Depositing User : Maria Rodriguez-Marquez
Date Deposited : 18 Jan 2019 09:47
Last Modified : 02 Apr 2019 13:04
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850062

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