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Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go

4. Original and Copy

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In this module, we consider the ideas of 'original' and 'copy' in Never Let Me Go, focusing in particular on the extent to which the clones differ from 'real' human beings.


In this course, Dr Richard Robinson (Swansea University) explores Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go. We begin by introducing Ishiguro's previous works, before focusing on the idea on the unreliable first-person narrator. After that, we consider a number of themes in the novel, including the presentation of time and memory, the style and voice of the novel, the ideas of 'original' and 'copy', and the relationship between art and creation. In the sixth and final module, we think about the genre of Never Let Me Go: is it a science fiction novel? does it matter?


Richard Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Swansea University. He has published widely on modernism and contemporary fiction, in journals such as James Joyce Quarterly, Journal of European Studies, Critical Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, Textual Practice and Irish University Review, and is the author of two monographs, Narratives of the European Border: A History of Nowhere (Palgrave, 2007) and John McGahern and Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2016).

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Robinson, R. (2018, August 15). Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go - Original and Copy [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Robinson, R. "Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go – Original and Copy." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,