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Genre (2021) 54 (3): 341–367.
Published: 01 December 2021
.... Therefore, the essay argues that the films of David Lynch present the viewer with a way out of the postmodern deadlock where nostalgia remains less radical than irony. To make this argument, the essay utilizes Giambattista Vico's notion of the ricorso from book 5 of The New Science in order to situate...
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Genre (2000) 33 (1): 51–81.
Published: 01 March 2000
... of the Modern Identity . Cambridge : Harvard UP , 1989 . Wahrman Dror . Imagining the Middle Class: The Political Representation of Class in Britain, c. 1780-1840 . Cambridge : Cambridge UP , 1995 . ENGLAND'S "GLORIOUS 'MIDDLE WAY SELF- DISCIPLINARY SELF-MAKING AND JANE AUSTEN'S SENSE...
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Genre (2009) 42 (1-2): 135–163.
Published: 01 March 2009
... : Verso , 1999 . "THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH": SPACE, NARRATIVE, AND UTOPIA IN NALO HOPKINSON'S MIDNIGHT ROBBER ERIC D. SMITH, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, HUNTSVILLE What might a visionary fiction become when there are visions of the best possible worlds coming from...
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Genre (2017) 50 (2): 239–265.
Published: 01 July 2017
...James Arnett; Angela Wright This essay takes a close look at the way Alain Mabanckou positions himself vis-à-vis discipline and market by way of his negotiations of a range of terms—French, francophone, postcolonial, and world literature—and the ways that such disciplinarity and appeal might...
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Genre (2012) 45 (1): 29–55.
Published: 01 March 2012
... to the ballad form and to ways ballads were read in the early nineteenth century illuminates both what is most extraordinary in Dickinson's verse and ways that it participates in the widespread development of popular forms. Her greatness emerges from her pleasure in, and experimentation with, her era's most...
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Genre (2011) 44 (3): 263–276.
Published: 01 September 2011
... metaphor as shorthand for them. Metaphors and narratives can suggest reductive or stereotypical ways of imagining illness, disability, and other experiences of embodiment. However, rather than attempting to limit the metaphoric framing of illness, we should work to confer the agency to make metaphors...
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Genre (2012) 45 (1): 57–86.
Published: 01 March 2012
... drew on the tradition of Western representational art and invoked its greatest authorities to connect with the past rather than break with it. In this way Moore conveyed knowledge that was not exclusively her own—even as she offered unique ways of seeing to both expose the flaws of contemporary culture...
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Genre (2011) 44 (3): 363–380.
Published: 01 September 2011
.... Drawing upon a key metaphor in biomedicine, the body as machine, I consider its canonical uses but also its limits and the way it is contested, refuted, and even “poached” by one family in its battle with clinicians. I also explore the relationship between metaphor and narrative as I consider...
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Genre (2014) 47 (2): 111–140.
Published: 01 July 2014
... that inform the depiction of slavery in the last few centuries of American writing as a way of historicizing and critiquing the way The Wire takes up slavery as its subject in the twenty-first century. This reading reveals the deep-rooted and persistent cultural anxieties regarding race, ethnicity, and sex...
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Genre (2016) 49 (1): 51–77.
Published: 01 April 2016
...John Limon This essay attempts to define into existence the supergeneric category of “escapism” by way of analyzing Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. The essay (following the genre-defining procedures of Tzvetan Todorov) argues that there are three rules of escapism: all...
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Genre (2017) 50 (1): 59–75.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Caroline Levine This essay contends that the most canonical realist novelists refused both close and distant reading. The realist novel seems to go out of its way to avoid statistics, but at the same time it insists that we must move beyond attending to a few exceptional examples. The problem...
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Genre (2017) 50 (3): 297–317.
Published: 01 December 2017
...John Clement Ball Satire, with its objectifying, disparaging gaze and deliberate misrepresentations, is a form of othering—of representational violence. Sometimes its mocking and critical ways make satire so explosive that the symbolic violence of its distortions motivates actual violence...
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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 (2020) 53 (3): 199–227.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of potential rhetorical consequences of satire, which include not only blame for the target but also blame for the satirist, polarization of the audience, and more satire in the way of imitation and response. It then shows that these potential rhetorical consequences are consistent across time by analyzing...
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Genre (2022) 55 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2022
... identifies three distinct modalities of the new opioid novel, paying particular attention to the ways these texts think through the causality of the opioid epidemic. First, some texts (novels from Julie Bunton, Brian Allen Carr, Cheryl Reed, and Jennifer Weiner), which read like detective fiction, take...
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Genre (2022) 55 (3): 205–233.
Published: 01 December 2022
...‐confessional feints with strident denials and abrupt volte‐faces in ways that elude any straightforward interpretation. Yet this very tangle of contradiction may itself be his way of “telling it like it is”: of exploring the massive contradictions of US history and American identity that, for Ellison, must...
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Genre (2011) 44 (1): 29–53.
Published: 01 March 2011
... . The article risks the claim that in Mailer's conflicted attempts to write the collective form we can not only locate stark evidence of the retreat of class-based models in the American political imaginary but also map the ways in which the novel genre adapts to political change. The paper also attends...
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Genre (2011) 44 (3): 239–261.
Published: 01 September 2011
... and think about living organs, or microbes, or pathophysiological processes that we cannot simply watch. Focusing on a range of representations of events beneath surfaces, from Jaws to X-rays to a short story about a white blood cell, this article examines the ways in which metaphor and narrative function...
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Genre (2011) 44 (3): 277–291.
Published: 01 September 2011
... there as complementary epistemic devices and empower poets by differently accommodating the complexities of pain. Metaphors become important when they offer patients a way to understand their conditions and when they enable doctors or caregivers to reimagine the patient's experience. One example of a narrative poem...
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Genre (2011) 44 (3): 315–334.
Published: 01 September 2011
... moment at the core of both disciplines. He argues that, along with objectivity, subjectivity is a valuable way of “knowing” in medicine. He illustrates his points with a selection of poems drawn from his practice and an essay exploring the importance of the subjective in decoding the consultation between...