Reference : The Clones’ Apprenticeship: Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go as a Bildungsroman
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The Clones’ Apprenticeship: Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go as a Bildungsroman
[en] L'apprentissage des clones: Never Let Me Go de Kazuo Ishiguro comme Bildungsroman
Guesse, Carole mailto [Université de Liège > Département de langues et littératures modernes > Littérature anglaise moderne et littérature américaine >]
Anglica : An International Journal of English Studies
University of Warsaw
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[en] bildungsroman ; posthuman ; Ishiguro
[en] This article considers as a Bildungsroman the 2005 novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, which depicts the education of young clones in a boarding school in a 1990s uchronic England. It studies the main theoretical works about this type of writing in order to isolate some of its defining characteristics and then evaluate the possibility of an analogy between the fictional developments of humans and clones. It concludes that, even though the Bildunsgroman has strong ties with the changing nineteenth-century society, it has been adapted to other – even non-existing – environments.

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