What does happen now…? Right now…

The Silkworm

Perhaps the phenomenon of ‘Robert Galbraith’ should be examined as part of any surveying of what happens now in twenty-first century fiction. There is something misleading about the tag – ‘By the author of the international Number One bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling‘ – when ‘everybody knows’ that the status of The Cuckoo’s Calling as number one (notice the dramatic capitals) international bestseller had little to do with the author named as author beneath… Has there ever been such a famous, infamous, in fact, nom de plume consumed as such at the time of writing? The exposed ‘Robert Galbraith’ offers a strangely hollow double, empty of identity, yet forcefully wielded as pen name.

About ejpollard

I was awarded my PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in December 2013. My thesis explored the notions of origin and ellipsis in the writing of contemporary British novelist Hilary Mantel. I want this blog to express the ideas I have in and around my academic writing. View all posts by ejpollard

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