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An Ethic of Global Fiction: David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and Min-gyu Park’s Dinner with Buffett

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2018, 52(), pp.371-392
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2018.52..371
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : August 10, 2018
  • Accepted : September 3, 2018
  • Published : September 30, 2018

Soo Yeon Kim 1

1한국외국어대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Beginning with ethical nature inherent in the novel, this paper argues that ethical responsibility of 21st century global fiction lies in its invitation to readers to rethink the status quo in a globalized world. While David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and Min-gyu Park’s Dinner with Buffett use international settings, these works exemplify how global fiction fails at, or succeeds in, the ethical task of challenging the contemporary world, respectively. This is because Mitchell’s 500-page novel, although a felicitous embodiment of globalization and hybridity, does not challenge dominant ideologies and instead ends up reproducing a conventional humanist ideology against the backdrop of exotic places and diverting literary pastiches. In contrast, Dinner with Buffett, a novella about a Korean average Joe who wins a charity meal with tycoon Warren Buffett, perplexes the reader with counterintuitive turns and, in doing so, uncovers what we believe to be common sense today that serves global capitalism.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.