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Martin Paul Eve

Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London

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One of the earliest articles that I wrote during the final year of my Ph.D. was for the journal C21, published by Gylphi. The article is quite hard to track down now as the online presence is being reworked and the front-list has moved to the Open Library of Humanities.

I had no funding for gold open access at that time, nor did the publisher have a green arrangement in place. I needed the publication for career purposes, not having a secure job, so this was a compromise I felt that I would have to make.

I am, therefore, pleased to be able to make this article openly accessible from now on in its final version-of-record form thanks to my Leverhulme Prize (and the amenability of the publisher). You can download it from Birkbeck’s repository. The article is Eve, Martin Paul, ‘Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and the Problems of “Metamodernism”: Post-Millennial Post-Postmodernism?’, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings, 1.1 (2012), 7–25. The article is openly licensed under a CC BY 4.0 International license.

I dislike many parts of this article, now, actually. I do not think I knew quite what I wanted to say about the Wallace material and it’s a bit of a stretch. What I do still like is the critique of the aesthetic philosophy of metamodernism, which I don’t really hold in very high regard. I think these bits are still valid.

Although I like to think of OA as the giving of a gift that it is in my power to bestow, this dissemination of course benefits my future research work, in particular by freeing my time from trying to seek other grants to achieve the same end. My thanks, therefore, to the Leverhulme Trust for their invaluable support in making this possible.