Interrupting the Puppet Master: (Un)reliability and Metatextuality in Dave Eggers’s You Shall Know Our Velocity
Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
In 2002 Dave Eggers (who had just come off of the success of a Pulitzer Prize nominated memoir about the death of his parents and the influx of cash that ensued) published a novel titled You Shall Know Our Velocity. Within three years the novel underwent significant alterations that changed the plot’s original meaning. Most notably, some of the printings of the novel contain an additional section of text called “An Interruption” written by the best friend (Hand) of the original narrator (Will); this additional text destroys Will’s original plot and makes the reader question the reliability of the text. In addition to (un)reliable narration, this thesis will explore how the novel and its journey have made an impact on the social world of publishing through Velocity’s editorial changes and metatextuality. I have also included my own creative interruption to demonstrate how difficult it can be to discern reliable narration from unreliable narration.
Eggers, Dave. -- You shall know our velocity.
Samples, Suzanne R., "Interrupting the Puppet Master: (Un)reliability and Metatextuality in Dave Eggers’s You Shall Know Our Velocity" (2007). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 839.
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