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Genre (2012) 45 (3): 395–422.
Published: 01 December 2012
..., divinities, and individuals who are also multiplicities. It thus calls for different interpretative strategies than those usual in literary criticism: to read it primarily as symbolic communication is to lose perspective on the structures of thought and language that it grapples with. The article describes...
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Genre (2020) 53 (2): 111–134.
Published: 01 July 2020
... practice of counting the years to be another kind of “writing by numbers.” “X was now Y years of age” is a favorite locution, and all Trollope’s novels measure the gap between adjacent now s by watching characters grow older. Trollope’s now is thus crucially a sign of age, dependent upon its adjacent...
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Genre (2011) 44 (3): 263–276.
Published: 01 September 2011
... expresses similarity but not equivalence and thus does not erase difference, can spur healthy ways of imagining illness. Some recent literature has suggested that doctors use metaphor to communicate with patients; this gives doctors the power to determine which metaphors will frame the illness and direct...
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Genre (2011) 44 (3): 381–391.
Published: 01 September 2011
... literal jumps between defense mechanisms of lower-order animals and fearful emotional states in humans. The origins of depression thus become a subject discussed with rhetorical naïveté that interweaves figurative language with sometimes contradictory images. Darwin would not be pleased. © 2011...
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Genre (2012) 45 (2): 329–350.
Published: 01 June 2012
... by the county inspector after a nasty problem emerges concerning human waste management. Alaska thus becomes a refuge for the characters, who occupy themselves by making love and getting high while trying to live off the land with the little knowledge they have. In chronicling the contradictions of the modern...
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Genre (2014) 47 (2): 199–229.
Published: 01 July 2014
... of sprawl and deterritorialization, which help explain how the same racist, expansionist, capitalist agenda that has harmed the populations of inner-city Detroit and rural Vietnam can simultaneously benefit affluent white suburbanites. Expensive People should thus be read as a historiographical metafiction...
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Genre (2016) 49 (1): 27–50.
Published: 01 April 2016
... moment even to a reader to whom the political outcome is known. Thus Bowen's changes to narrative discourse produce a tension between the focalized present and the project of looking back at history, conveying an ambivalent mixture of lamentation, critique, and tentative responsibility that characterizes...
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Genre (2017) 50 (1): 19–38.
Published: 01 April 2017
... in its figures for class thinking a generic identity that is by turns stable and dynamic. Hardy's intuitions about serial and class thinking, which draw on nineteenth-century logic's decision problems and its discourse of “sets” and “classes” and their “members,” can be thus linked to questions of genre...
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Genre (2016) 49 (3): 331–357.
Published: 01 December 2016
... considerably beleaguered persistence as a poet of radical left-wing politics. Thus the idea of a “career trajectory” in effect too rigidly tries to organize what for Rich has become a melancholic commitment to a conception of poetic practice that has endured temporal dislocations while sustaining an engagement...
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Genre (2016) 49 (3): 359–383.
Published: 01 December 2016
... effectively ordinary, thereby deflating the celebrity value achieved through publicity and literary reputation based on the cultural value of the author. The combination of popular celebrity gossip and the modernist interest in daily life thus draws together the high and the low, the aesthetic and the popular...
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Genre (2017) 50 (1): 59–75.
Published: 01 April 2017
... with too few cases is that we will miss the suffering that happens on a vast scale. But the problem with numbers is that they actually condense and compress affective experience. Thus the realist novel demands that we recognize the impossibility of knowing large numbers in any adequate way while still...
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Genre (2017) 50 (1): 77–95.
Published: 01 April 2017
... on “odds” and rational decision making, his encounters with statistics in his parliamentary duties demonstrate how models of aggregation that mitigate chance and randomness cannot be reconciled with or incorporated into individual experience. Thus this essay argues that the novel's form, including its...
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Genre (2017) 50 (1): 117–137.
Published: 01 April 2017
... to link this antinomy of narrative experience to the political-aesthetic problem of historical change and modernization itself. Eliot thus harnesses the resources of the novel form to challenge models of reading that work, as all digital methods must, on dechronologized textual objects like databases...
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Genre (2017) 50 (3): 319–342.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the supervision that he desired in television. Thus while “Of This Time, of That Place” was an antimiddlebrow polemic, Channing drew on the conventions of golden age drama anthologies and was the very embodiment of middlebrow culture. As a script consultant, Trilling resisted these changes, but his advice...
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Genre (2017) 50 (3): 421–447.
Published: 01 December 2017
... of sensory input, and modifies it, using ideas that belong to comic theory and to seventeenth-century philosophies of the passions. His literary criticism thus reveals the way the self depicted in Jonsonian comedy, driven historically by the humors, gives way to a new, imitative model of the self driven more...
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Genre (2018) 51 (1): 53–79.
Published: 01 April 2018
... thus calls for a more holistic response to cultural conflicts while inviting readers to reflect on the contradictions and repressions of modern reason. Tragedy in Ian McEwan’s The Children Act tammy amiel houser Contemporary encounters between differing worldviews in democratic, multi...
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Genre (2018) 51 (2): 133–158.
Published: 01 July 2018
... approximately 1930. Yet this marks only the beginning of generic stability and thus overlooks the mechanisms of genrification that played out in America in the previous decades and that propelled the terminological transformation of “films for smoking concerts,” “club films,” and “blue” movies into “stags...
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Genre (2019) 52 (3): 179–205.
Published: 01 December 2019
... regionalist writing. Depicted as living relics or belated leftovers from superseded cultural epochs, remnants, the essay claims, project the distinctly modern modalities of displacement and ontological insecurity into the regionalist texts they inhabit, thus unsettling the conventional critical readings...
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Genre (2020) 53 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2020
...—as it relates to an analogous formal process here named the sensorytextual screen . The author shows how presumptions of what constitutes an abled body inflect the (dis)abled realism of Joyce’s novel, which at once depicts and mocks ableist presumptions. Representations of blindness, sight, and low vision thus...
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Genre (2022) 55 (2): 117–139.
Published: 01 July 2022
... of their composition supply concrete, if playful, models of phenomena also at work in the macrocosm of genre fiction. Thus, collaborative writing emerges as a form of genre laboratory, ideally suited to the small-scale imitation and exploration of superordinate generic processes. Both the writers’ reflections...
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