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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 19–42.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Victoria Saramago Abstract The Amazonian region occupies a singular place in the fiction and nonfiction of the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. Author of paradigmatic novels on the Peruvian Amazon, Vargas Llosa nevertheless has repeatedly defended extensive exploitation of Amazonian natural...
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Novel (2023) 56 (3): 481–486.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Seb Franklin seb.franklin@kcl.ac.uk Mark McGurl , Everything and Less: The Novel in the Age of Amazon ( New York : Verso, 2021 ), pp. 336 , hardcover, $29.95 . Copyright © 2023 by Novel, Inc. 2023 In the final chapter of his 2011 book The Server , Markus Krajewski...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 386–405.
Published: 01 November 2019
... for political association but rather by its inherent violence and inevitable instability ” ( 151 ; emphasis added). 6 The US Postal Service, for example, has shouldered much of the impact of Amazon's shipping leviathan, forcing its workers into increasingly dangerous labor with less and less time off...
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Novel (2012) 45 (3): 466–469.
Published: 01 November 2012
... “curators” and “consecrators” of reading pleasure. Some of these are algorithmic (Amazon.com’s “Better Together” feature [70 while others are human (Amazon’s “List Maniacs” [71–76], NPR librarian-commentator Nancy Pearl [82–87], and of course Oprah Winfrey [87–114 Since the 1980s, intermediaries like...
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Novel (2005) 38 (2-3): 295–297.
Published: 01 November 2005
... a key role in defining more famil- iar categories of human difference. Eve, for instance, was viewed as a "defective man" (23) and the figure of the Amazon linked female strength and bodily mutilation. The protagonist in Sarah Fielding's David Simple is described as the "first man of feeling...
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Novel (2021) 54 (3): 444–460.
Published: 01 November 2021
... that the temporality of the novel is out of step with contemporary experience. In his article on the effects of Amazon on literary culture, Mark McGurl argues that “what makes the novel so interesting as a ‘neoliberal’ commodity is its partial temporal disjunction from the real-time regime” ( 465 ). McGurl juxtaposes...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 305–307.
Published: 01 August 2019
... that their characters resembled, as Mitford had put it, ‘ants in an ant-hill’” (112). Rather than capture the conceptual flux, Plotz's jagged syntax clutters the path, and his verbiage blocks the view. Amazon finds the word “ways” on 215 of the book's 291 pages; as the quote illustrates, it often multiplies. I fault...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 159–161.
Published: 01 May 2015
... of No Towers , a “board book” (as Amazon calls it) or graphic novel. Both texts focus on the visual and iconic aspects of 9/11, either by attempting to mirror the visual form of the towers somehow (Beigbeder) or by graphic storytelling, and they therefore engage with the uniquely visual aspect of how 9/11...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 409–425.
Published: 01 November 2017
... of postcolonial genre fiction are simply different from the significance of including Chinua Achebe in an English literary survey. Lagoon is but one African science fiction novel. There are myriad others. If you like one, Amazon will suggest several more. This changed circumstance does not mean...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 343–346.
Published: 01 August 2019
... and human intelligence into a service for improving automated systems. Amazon Mechanical Turk is the most infamous example of a microwork platform, but the model is prevalent in a host of crowdsourcing platforms that rely on a volunteer labor pool (think citizen science projects). Such styles of work, which...
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Novel (2021) 54 (2): 310–314.
Published: 01 August 2021
..., to any woman or man, of European descent or not, thus threatening the gatekeeping of the clerisy. A case in point: “Searching” ends with glimpses of Amazon reviews of Bartlett's . “Counting” is deliberately eclectic in method and in types of texts: Treasure Island ; less-known fiction by Arthur...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 148–153.
Published: 01 May 2016
... to the Amazon to collect specimens; joined by a young William James, he was intent on disproving Darwin 's theory of species transmutation.) The translation of the jungle into a metaphor for biologic determinism explains the centrality of works by Norris, London, and Sinclair, despite their nontropical...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 161–179.
Published: 01 August 2022
... ; Crary ); the conglomeration of the publishing industry ( Sinykin ); the straightforward marketing of “literary experience as customer experience” ( McGurl 455 ) in the Age of Amazon; and the convergence of an early twentieth-century service economy with the institutions promoting the arts...
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Novel (2003) 36 (3): 351–373.
Published: 01 November 2003
..., but clashed with the comic-satiric tone of the novel that was appended to it. Waugh, how- ever, insisted to Yorke that the episode was necessary: "IT]he Amazon stuff had to be there. The scheme was a Gothic man in the hands of savages-first Mrs. Beaver etc. then the real ones, finally the silver foxes...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 240–262.
Published: 01 August 2022
...). The language of kindness, freedom, and flexibility has become central to the operations of corporations that place their workers in greater states of precarity while promising them even more freedom, independence, and even fun. Witness Amazon's use of gamification to motivate its workers by setting up video...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 166–175.
Published: 01 August 2018
... forward on its own . . . it transforms the subjects that controlled it into operators of the writing machine that orders and uses them.” If that was true in 1980, how much more so is it in the Google era? With iPhones archiving all our spatial transits, Facebook and Amazon mapping our structures...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 452–464.
Published: 01 November 2017
... phone, Amazon and Apple purchases, all of which actively construct your identity and, from a Marxist perspective, contribute to your alienation from the real conditions of economic and social production. It is easy enough to read these different processes of alienation in terms of how...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 388–405.
Published: 01 November 2022
... destructive fossil fuel giants, including Chevron and Adani, and they have been involved in land grabs and deforestation in the Amazon and in the United States, which have displaced Black and Indigenous communities. See you there? 1 For excellent readings of the role of sexuality in the novel...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 44–63.
Published: 01 May 2019
...: Political Ecology, the Local Trap, and the Politics of Development in the Brazilian Amazon .” Geoforum 36 . 5 ( 2005 ): 607 – 24 . Buckland Adelene . Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology . Chicago : U of Chicago P , 2013 . Chakrabarty Dipesh...
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Novel (2005) 38 (2-3): 193–213.
Published: 01 November 2005
... difference between urban and rural lifeways widened, European peasantry came to appear only somewhat less primitive than the inhabitants of the Amazon" (35). RUTH MACK I QUIXOTIC ETHNOGRAPHY that quintessentially modern genre, the novel?' This commonality...