The Art of Ecological Selfing: Speculative Ecobildungsromane in Cloud Atlas and Never Let Me Go
Atherton, Hannah Mae
This thesis explores how contemporary clone narratives explicate human-made ethical dilemmas, and how the nonhumans seem to stay in the periphery even if they appear human-like. Central to this thesis is the idea of an Ecobildungsroman: a development narrative which focuses on nonhuman subjects rather than human ones. I examine David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go in order to detail how both novels critique the traditional genre of the Bildungsroman in order to show how the category of personhood needs to be challenged in order to permit space for nonhuman personhood.