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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 11–30.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Mark Greif The category of the “big, ambitious novel,” circumscribing works by authors such as Thomas Pynchon, William Gaddis, David Foster Wallace, and William Vollmann, has come to constitute one of the major forms through which postwar U.S. fiction is sorted and evaluated. A history of this form...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (2): 71–89.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Bruce Robbins The night before her suicide, Anna Karenina has a strange nightmare about a muzhik, or former serf, who speaks French and is doing something with a piece of iron. Given the place of class in the novel, if mainly on the Levin side rather than the Anna side, critics of Tolstoy have said...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (3): 123–149.
Published: 01 August 2010
...R. A. Judy “Literature,” Orhan Pamuk once remarked, “is the greatest treasure we, humanity, have to discuss and to understand ourselves; and now, the most popular, most intelligent, most flexible form of literature today, in the last two hundred years in fact, is the great art of the novel.” This...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 31–54.
Published: 01 May 2009
..., character, the novel versus the short story, and contemporary politics, but it was centered on the social and political capacity of the modern novel, the form's ability to reflect on or respond to its times, the novel's relationship to society, and the nature of politics in the current period, a period...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 177–198.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Ellen McLarney Mechanization of human life is the main subject of the oil novel, a genre that charts the explosion of industrial production in the remote regions of the earth. One of the products of this process is a nostalgic vision of nature, imagined as an untouched, utopian paradise. Agrarian...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (2): 53–79.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Christian Thorne This essay poses the question, Is it possible to write a novel about the entire world? Is it possible to tell stories whose narrators travel from continent to continent? If yes, why are there so few of them? The essay proceeds in three acts: First, it assesses the accounts of world...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (3): 103–132.
Published: 01 August 2020
...Sina Rahmani This essay explores the various ways in which W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz upends traditional understandings of the novel as a form. Specifically, it situates this “prose book of an undetermined kind” against the rise of the steel container as the dominant mode of commodity transportation...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 201–213.
Published: 01 February 2020
...Bruce Robbins In the final volume of a trilogy about the concept of culture and its relation to politics, Francis Mulhern defines a new genre, the condition of culture novel, and traces it from Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure and E. M. Forster’s Howards End to Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album and...
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boundary 2 (2014) 41 (1): 203–227.
Published: 01 February 2014
..., however momentarily, the apparently closed language of neoliberal freedom and progress. The essay turns to figurations of Eastern Europe’s contemporary predicament found in Michał Witkowski’s novel Lovetown (2004), which tracks an aging queer community for whom the transition to capitalism and liberal...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (2): 153–180.
Published: 01 May 2020
... Hikmet’s autobiographical novel Life’s Good, Brother , published posthumously in 1964. Taking into consideration Nâzım’s recently published correspondence and reports in the Turkish Communist Party (TKP) archive, it aims to move beyond the perfunctory, generalizing study of the relation between Nâzım’s...
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boundary 2 (2002) 29 (1): 177–222.
Published: 01 February 2002
...Sundeep Bisla The Return of the Author: Privacy, Publication, the Mystery Novel, and The Moonstone Sundeep Bisla 1 What might it mean to me for you to be reading these words? This mystery deserving a good deal more...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 55–66.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Jonathan Arac Chang-Rae Lee's Native Speaker (1995) demonstrates the work a novel can do in speaking (up) for the human in the current life of the United States, even though the novel as an institution has become residual, as print literature yields to other media forms. Through his epigraph from...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 173–199.
Published: 01 February 2020
... ethnohistorical novel series, Li locates what he calls the “historical real” in the intertwining of political upheavals and the “stirrings in people’s lives and feelings” of a particular place, where local characters become makers and riders of historical “great waves” through processes of socialization within an...
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boundary 2 (2014) 41 (1): 17–30.
Published: 01 February 2014
...Yuri Andrukhovych In this excerpt from the novel Twelve Circles , photographer Karl-Joseph Zumbrunnen takes leave of his earthly body and experiences an unexpected lightness of being. It is just before dawn on Easter Sunday, but he does not turn toward the resurrection of the rising sun; he sets...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (2): 27–57.
Published: 01 May 2016
... interview concludes with a conversation about the 1930s and the period's continuing relevance for the twenty-first century, Arac's recent project on the “Age of the Novel,” and the transformations in the field since he first began teaching. © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 Jonathan Arac New...
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boundary 2 (2000) 27 (2): 177–211.
Published: 01 May 2000
...Sara Danius 6084 boundary 2 27:2 / sheet 185 of 227 Novel Visions and the Crisis of Culture: Visual Technology, Modernism, and Death in The Magic Mountain Sara...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (3): 185–199.
Published: 01 August 2015
... invoking Tōden OL as a straightforward figure of feminine suffering and easy empathy. Moreover, the novel explores Tōden OL in relation to not only a gendered but also a classed subject position—an incarnation of values, dispositions, and proclivities of mainstream Japan that took shape not so much in the...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (2): 57–73.
Published: 01 May 2017
... inequality. The novel considers the relationship between the pianist Ryder's art and his apparent indifference to “deep-seated, intractable” social problems. Never Let Me Go explores the contradictions of the welfare state from the vantage point of a later neoliberal Britain: from here, despite those...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (4): 33–55.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., rage, longing, and so on. In the second part of this essay, I attempt one such analysis of a fictional text, Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy , in which militarization plays a role both as a form of representation and as a quality of writing itself. Insofar as the novel demonstrates how militarization...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (2): 9–23.
Published: 01 May 2013
... comprehensive clarity than it sometimes claims to do. She further notices how far their views take comfort from aspects of literature that do not revolve around the promulgation of readerly omniscience that attaches to the novel in modernity. © 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 I am grateful to...