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Genre (2017) 50 (1): 39–57.
Published: 01 April 2017
... could distinguish what one might call a “belief-in-evidence” from a “belief-against-the-evidence.” This essay then demonstrates how episodes of character witness in Victorian legal fictions become venues for addressing the value of belief in others and its complex participation in the attempt...
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Genre (2021) 54 (1): 89–109.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Marjorie Worthington Ruth Ozeki's novel A Tale for the Time Being is an autofiction—a novel whose protagonist is a characterized version of its author and thereby straddles the line between memoir and fiction. In an American literary context, autofiction is a genre dominated by white male authors...
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Genre (2018) 51 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2018
... and butter of char- acter development. The weary sameness of the winter evenings causes discord in temperament, but that routine may also form a necessary temporal structure for representing fictional characters, the “dash of cold water” on their “fading colours.” More than just representing...
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Genre (2012) 45 (3): 423–441.
Published: 01 December 2012
... narratives but also in the construction of the story. In this sense Q becomes a choral narra- tive in which a great number of ambiguously named characters tell their stories from multiple and often deceiving points of view.10 The figures Q portrays, be they real actors of history or fictional...
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Genre (2016) 49 (3): 273–302.
Published: 01 December 2016
... that, far from being a venue for a singular authenticity, ethnic epistolary fiction offers the possibility for multiple iterations of subjectivity. In addition, ethnic literature likewise reinscribes the epistolary as an inherently inauthentic genre. In these novels the reader's contact with the characters...
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Genre (2021) 54 (2): 265–292.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Ben De Bruyn This article examines Lucy Ellmann's encyclopedic novel Ducks, Newburyport (2019) in the context of debates on modernist legacies, animal characters, and climate fiction. It pays particular attention to the text's signature strategy of including anecdotes about nonhuman creatures...
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Genre (2017) 50 (2): 153–179.
Published: 01 July 2017
... analogue for the sense of political stalemate communicated through certain popular detective texts. My interest lies in the ways in which the police procedural’s literary realism, characterized by contemporary settings and situations, complex interiority of character, and elements of social...
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Genre (2016) 49 (2): 231–253.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Benjamin Noys The Old Weird, weird fiction written between 1890 and 1940, was often reactionary and, in the figure of H. P. Lovecraft, racist. Contemporary New Weird writing is characterized by a contrasting politics that stresses the weird as the destabilization of normative conceptions...
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Genre (2020) 53 (2): 111–134.
Published: 01 July 2020
... with age intersects with the histori- cal demands of her novel: her characters grow older not only against a fictional backdrop, like a sequence of school years, but also against the historical events surrounding the passage of the First Reform Bill. In this sense, too, their accumu- lating years...
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Genre (2019) 52 (3): 179–205.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Nir Evron This essay isolates, analyzes, and contextualizes a prevalent character type in nineteenth-century American fiction that it calls (following Ina Ferris) the “remnant.” Although remnants appear in the earliest American experiments in fiction, the type becomes truly ubiquitous in postbellum...
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Genre (2015) 48 (1): 73–98.
Published: 01 April 2015
... it was associated, see Ardis 1990, chap. 2. 6. I am indebted to Karen Yuen (2010) for my knowledge of Cholmondeley’s gothic short fiction and ghost stories. In using the terms male and female gothic, I of course juxtapose a gothic mode that encourages identification with characters, generates fear...
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Genre (2016) 49 (2): 213–229.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Steven Shaviro This essay analyzes the Detroit writer Kathe Koja's 1991 novel The Cipher to demonstrate how her systematic omission of the conventional themes and formal elements of weird fiction results in an intensified interrogation of the genre's characteristic affects and their physical...
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Genre (2011) 44 (2): 129–156.
Published: 01 June 2011
... extends the gothic sublime dis- played in sensation fiction, especially in her modernist depictions of conscious- ness. As she explains in her famous literary manifesto “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown” (1923), the novelist’s task is the creation of character through formal experimentation that supplants...
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Genre (2021) 54 (1): 111–137.
Published: 01 April 2021
... caricatures rather than credible people (Wood [2000] 2005: 178). He characterizes them, though, as shortcomings because they privilege world-building over character: “the characters who inhabit the big, ambitious contemporary novels,” he argues, “have a showy liveliness, a theatricality, that almost succeeds...
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Genre (2020) 53 (2): 135–157.
Published: 01 July 2020
..., minted in the mode of Henry Fielding and identifiable through its realistic modes of characterization and approach to history. The novelistic, in Frye s sense, can be distinguished from other fictional modes namely, the confession, anatomy, and romance which have their own orientations to personhood...
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Genre (2021) 54 (2): 221–244.
Published: 01 July 2021
... Nothing refers explicitly to neither classical Chinese novels nor Borges's fictional encyclopedias and forking narratives. However, its character range is extensive while its chronologies are mixed, life stories unfinished, and historical facts presented in patchwork portions. Marie does impose order...
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Genre (2009) 42 (3-4): 21–39.
Published: 01 September 2009
... while romantically involved with New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. These castaways are familiar stock characters, of course, but the plots and their implications are not; it is, after all, literary fiction that Carson is aiming to create here. On one level, Carson is up to nothing new...
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Genre (2007) 40 (1-2): 157–180.
Published: 01 March 2007
..., it turns out, he is a character. The protagonist is presented simultaneously as the putative pro- genitor of and the major character in the fiction, and the work that he labors to create during the course of the narrative is revealed to be the work that we are experiencing. Thus, although...
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Genre (2002) 35 (1): 121–142.
Published: 01 March 2002
... to ask of fiction are lost on him. We have traditionally looked for a novel's argument in its narra- tive progress, character development, and authorial exposition. Firbank's narra- tives progress in an almost arbitrary manner, in which reliance on plot is reduced to a minimum; his characters...
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Genre (2016) 49 (2): 117–134.
Published: 01 July 2016
... of the Cthulhu mythos. Reading a Lovecraft story, one of Derleth’s characters remarks that “this revealing story purporting to be only fiction, opens up a vista of undreamed horror, or age-­old evil” (24). In this new level of intertextual reflexivity, Lovecraft’s fictions become evidence for the truth...