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Modern Language Quarterly (2024) 85 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2024
...Daniel DiMassa Abstract Serious fiction, according to Frank Kermode, avoids the apocalyptic paradigm of beginning, middle, and end. Part of the paradigm that escaped Kermode’s attention, however, is the inevitable defeat of evil by forces of good. The present essay inquires after the narratological...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1995) 56 (1): 97–99.
Published: 01 March 1995
... narratology, Haidu distinguishes “two fundamental actantial functions- that of destinator and that of the subject 133). The destina- tor is the figure or actor within the narrative who “forwards”a certain set of values to the subject. Conversely, the subject undertakes a narrative pro- gram...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (3): 431–434.
Published: 01 September 1993
... most specific adversaries, feature the narratology of Barthes, Greimas, and company, as well as the cultural anthropology of Livi-Strauss. (If it seems a bit late in the day to counterargue structuralism, Kroeber should be for- given; these remain the most recent and influential thinkers about...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2011
... and methods that, at present, are all that remain of poetics in literary study. Specifically, I have in mind narratology, the sole survivor of the brief efflorescence of “structuralist poetics” in the late 1960s and early 1970s, where the trend is toward hybrid narratologies — ­feminist, cog- nitive...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 207–238.
Published: 01 June 2023
... narration keeps queer pleasure—and the social relations that make it possible—alive, even if only for another minute. tyler.bradway@gmail.com Copyright © 2023 by University of Washington 2023 queer theory narratology character-detail relationality affect Do queer characters matter...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (1): 229–251.
Published: 01 March 2000
..., Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative, 2d ed. (Toronto: Univer- sity of Toronto Press, 1997), 101. Modern Language Quarterly 61:1, March 2000. © 2000 University of Washington. MLQ 61.1-11Gallagher.ak 6/1/00 2:33 PM Page 230 230...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1986) 47 (4): 447–449.
Published: 01 December 1986
... of political history in Conrad’s novels. Indeed, Raval’s insistence on Conrad’s political engagement fruitfully complicates the arguments of those scholars who have treated the failure of knowing in Conrad as essentially philosophic, linguistic, or narratological.’ Raval opens a potentially rewarding...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (2): 243–245.
Published: 01 June 2020
... range of sources to propose fresh interpretations and advance novel alterations of meaning for the texts under study. While pursuing a particular trajectory, he effortlessly avails himself of relevant theoretical paradigms—discourse analysis and narratology, phenomenology and performance theory...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (1): 74–76.
Published: 01 March 2023
... the medical fears, frustrations, and aspirations of their own era. As an exploration of both health and illness and of the representation of bodies, Fratto’s volume relies on vocabulary from narratology as well as from the medical humanities. But it speaks primarily to students and scholars of literature...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (1): 107–109.
Published: 01 March 1994
... the historians for avoiding the work on narratology being done by Genette and Todorov right there at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes (34). The New Historians neglect issues of textualization, rhetoric, episte- mology, or process in general. “They are still, in sum, waiting for their Gdel,” muses Carrard...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (3): 267–287.
Published: 01 September 2020
... Michaels’s “Against Theory,” when they exempt from their ensuing critique only those “literary subjects with no direct bearing on interpretation such as narratology, stylistics, and prosody” (Knapp and Michaels 1985 : 11). “Poetics,” or poetology, clearly belongs with these rescued terms, perhaps...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1998) 59 (3): 391–393.
Published: 01 September 1998
..., variations determined in part by the other kinds of narrative time to which it is compared in each of her books. Throughout her career Ermarth has established a welcome territory between taxonomical (and ahistorical) narratology and cultural analyses of the novel that depend primarily on plot...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1983) 44 (3): 325–327.
Published: 01 September 1983
... that the matured Ernest Pontifex returns to his friend Towneley. But these are small blemishes in a long and learned book. More regrettable is a determined and not infrequent resort to citrrent jargon: “narrativizations,” “synchronic analysis by structuralist narratology,” “narra- tological...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 542–545.
Published: 01 December 2021
... Hayward’s ( 2009 ) cross-media account of serial productions from Dickens to twentieth-century pop culture, as well as my own (Warhol 2003 ) feminist-narratological take on popular serial forms, traces commonalities between the cultural work done by nineteenth-century and later serial forms. A more recent...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (3): 427–430.
Published: 01 September 1993
..., was extremely thin in its consideration of narrative, particularly in the context-our context-of a century’s theo- retical reflection, in which various rhetorics of fiction (from Henry James to Gerard Genette) have combined with narratologies of different types to produce a highly developed...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1997) 58 (3): 361–365.
Published: 01 September 1997
...- tion matches a general turn to ethics in recent literary criticism. However, it is also a stunning confirmation of how the mighty have fallen. Todorov was the prime exponent of literary science as structuralism and narratology. Now, parsing the finer points of ethicopolitical criticism late...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1983) 44 (3): 327–330.
Published: 01 September 1983
... Towneley. But these are small blemishes in a long and learned book. More regrettable is a determined and not infrequent resort to citrrent jargon: “narrativizations,” “synchronic analysis by structuralist narratology,” “narra- tological,” “autobiographicality,” “foregrounded,” “valorized...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 247–269.
Published: 01 June 2015
... is pointing to the incremental formation of a certain kind of plot—except no, not a “kind of plot,” because there is for Barthes only one plot, after all, the mystery-suspense plot that he thinks the classical text strictly requires. The old narratological argument, disavowed on page 1, thus reappears intact...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1995) 56 (1): 99–102.
Published: 01 March 1995
... narratology, which opens an inviting, fresh path for medieval literary and cultural studies. Michel-Andri Bossy, Brown University Plots and Counterplots: Sexual Politics and the Body Politic in English Literatuw, I 660-1730. By Richard Braverman. Cambridge...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 527–552.
Published: 01 December 2020
... to something in the first place—why we should care. Far from neutral, as tends to be assumed, description is ultimately evaluative. As a discursive practice, description rises in value as soon as we recognize it as precisely a mode of valuing. Understood in terms of poetics rather than of narratology...