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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2022
... ( 1991 : 46) reports, the elevation of Cranford , Sylvia’s Lovers , and Wives and Daughters over Gaskell’s social-problem novels began with her death and “remained fairly constant” until the mid-twentieth century, when her earlier novels were rehabilitated. For classic accounts of the social-problem...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (3): 323–346.
Published: 01 September 2023
... of interest in Gissing from the mid-twentieth century, his novels have proved attractive to literary historians, as the abiding concerns of this latter-day social problem novelist—life in the slums, the New Woman, the waning of a literary scene—have lent themselves to the broader critical task of rethinking...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (4): 491–515.
Published: 01 December 2017
... : University Press of Virginia . Lindley Susan Hill . 2003 . “ Gender and the Social Problem Novel .” In Gender and the Social Gospel , edited by Edwards Wendy J. Deichmann and Gifford Carolyn De Swarte , 185 – 201 . Urbana : University of Illinois Press . Mace Griffin...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1940) 1 (4): 570–572.
Published: 01 December 1940
... symbolical treatment of a contemporary social and political phenomenon; but the problem itself is handled in a rather unsatisfactory manner . . . Selma Lagerlof, it must be admitted, had little ability in writing a “problem novel,” though The Miracles of Anti-Christ must always stand...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 159–180.
Published: 01 June 2015
... Uyl Douglas J. 1998 . “ Shaftesbury and the Modern Problem of Virtue .” Social Philosophy and Policy 15 , no. 1 : 275 – 316 . Dickie Simon . 2011 . Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century . Chicago : University of Chicago Press...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1987) 48 (3): 287–290.
Published: 01 September 1987
... (if not the ‘solution’) of intractable problems, a method for rendering such problems intelligible” (p. 20). In McKeon’s scheme, the development of the English novel was less a progression of literary forms or a response to particular social changes than a sign that previous genres such as spiri- tual...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (1): 157–180.
Published: 01 March 2000
... of California Press, 1988); and Miller, Narrative and Its Discontents: Problems of Closure in the Traditional Novel (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1981). Frances Ferguson is professor of English and the humanities and direc- tor of the Center...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 119–136.
Published: 01 June 2015
... Lukács repudiated his own work on multiple occasions, his various arguments regarding the novel invariably link realism to a social reality “in which the immanence of meaning in life has become a problem” (Lukács 1971 : 56). His Theory of the Novel contrasts the “lightness” of the epic, with its self...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 329–349.
Published: 01 September 2012
... a different set of problems, including labor, caste con ict, and social movements. In southern India, K. S. Venkataramani revalorized the rural in novels like Murugan the Tiller and Raja Rao excavated caste in Kanthapura In Bhabani Bhattacharya published...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (4): 429–453.
Published: 01 December 1994
... and Birth” Lennox’s attempt to elevate the novel works through class problems as well as those of gender and thus underscores the generic and social dimension to her criticism. Novelistically proper and decorous behav- ior, she claims, is not only the province of “tender maids” but also...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (3): 393–404.
Published: 01 September 1993
... of the failure, rather than the success, of the social, political, and philo- sophical premises of modern culture to render the world rational and real. For the novel derives its generic identity from its refusal of the rational principles of form making previously associated with the cate- gory...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1943) 4 (1): 126–132.
Published: 01 March 1943
..., precisely the same problems that occupied the great Victorian social critics from Carlyle through William Morris-the problem of assimilating into a previously existent humane culture the disruptive forces of capital- . . . istic industrialism. ” The range and extent...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1980) 41 (2): 151–161.
Published: 01 June 1980
.... As Morgan points out, however, With the eighteenth century a great change came over these social treatises. In the first place, the select coteries no longer existed, and 1 The Rise of the Novel ofManners (191 1; rpt. New York: Russell & Russell, 1963), p. 89...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (3): 519–544.
Published: 01 September 2000
... apparent or even missing in the others” (SG, xiv). The narratives that interest Bakhtin most are those of the more complex “central problems” to which Holquist alludes: narrativity, au- thorship, polyphony, indeterminacy, modernity. Specific novels serve...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2003) 64 (3): 323–347.
Published: 01 September 2003
... to the problem of fortune, which I have suggested is really the problem of social complexity in the metropolis and the new world system, but we might equally say that it attempts to win narrative back from the realm of fortune, to refuse the narrative crutch of fortune, to Žnd concrete, social and causal...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 315–343.
Published: 01 September 2021
... at the level of population and the experience of the novel one character at a time—recalls a parallel problem that the sociologist Mark S. Granovetter identified in a groundbreaking contribution to the study of social networks. In the opening sentence of “The Strength of Weak Ties,” Granovetter ( 1973 : 1360...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (1): 75–105.
Published: 01 March 2011
...-­purpose female demon, clearly she expresses a form of moral panic most likely to arise in capitalist societies. Thus the Nana figure enabled authors to explore social and philo- sophical problems that are absent, or at best submerged, in Zola’s novel. What at first seems derivative variation...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (2): 153–174.
Published: 01 June 2010
... of Chicago Press, 1988), 9. Martin The Privilege of Contemporary Life 157 cal work on American Psycho “brand[s] the novel as pornography.”7 But the bright lights of Ellis’s spectacular content have tended to distract critics from the formal problems posed by the texts, which concern...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (4): 511–539.
Published: 01 December 2014
... . “ The Transformation of Reality and the Arabic Novel’s Aesthetic Response .” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) 57 , no. 1 : 93 – 112 . Harlow Barbara . 1986 . “ Return to Haifa: ‘Opening the Borders’ in Palestinian Literature .” Social Text , nos. 13-14...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1979) 40 (4): 358–375.
Published: 01 December 1979
... In the 1890s, George Gissing wrote a series of novels dealing centrally with the problems of marriage and women’s emancipation: The Enzanci- pated (1890), The Odd Women (1893), In the Year of Jubilee (1894), and The Whirlpool (1897). Until the present decade, none of these books has con- tributed...