The Coalescence Of Cloud Atlas
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Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell’s 2004 book, is the subject of the following study of the invented notion of coalescence. Just as the six disjunctive yet intertwined stories of Cloud Atlas “coalesce” to form a cohesive novel, so does the work of multipleartists “coalesce” to form David Mitchell’s idiomatic artistry—what might be called his creative soul. In his manipulation of style, character, and genre, David Mitchell has clearly and outspokenly coalesced influentialworksof literature into his own literature. Less clear is how David Mitchell has also coalesced influentialworks of musicinto both his literature and his (fictional) music, the Cloud Atlas Sextet. This thesis seeks to elucidate this intra-and inter-artform coalescence—literature to literature, music to literature, music to music, and literature to music—and thereby celebrate the essential and transcendent bond between the inspirer and the inspired, the coalescer and the coalesced, the lover and the loved.