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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 229–248.
Published: 01 August 2011
... kind of specialized cultural attention that childhood had become over a century earlier. One place where we can see this change happen is the work of Henry James. The adult is not a fact of nature that James exploits but rather an idea that he helps to construct, both through the way he talks about the...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 45–62.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Matthew Sussman For many readers, “stupidity” in Henry James signifies mental slowness, poor taste, or even moral delinquency. However, James also conceived of stupidity as a positive virtue because it promises to deliver the individual from the “ordeal of consciousness” associated with...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 502–524.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Fabio L. Vericat Abstract This essay proposes to consider how The American (1875) is symptomatic of Henry James's elocutionary insecurities about the demands the European nineteenth-century novel placed on the authorial voice—crucially aggravated by the American stutter that accompanied the young...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 467–485.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Emily Zubernis What is a minimalist novel? This essay approaches the question through readings of Henry James, a writer notorious for the complexity of his prose style. James's writing is never simple and rarely brief, of course, but it is often remarkably unproductive. Indeed, the very complexity...
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Novel (1 November 2001) 34 (3): 369–390.
Published: 01 November 2001
... . Armstrong , Paul B. “Reading James’s Prefaces and Reading James.” Henry James’s New York Edition: The Construction of Authorship . Ed. David McWhirter. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1995 . 125 –37. Baudelaire , Charles . “The Painter of Modern Life.” Selected Writings on Art and Literature . Trans...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 401–423.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Samuel Cross This essay closely examines Henry James's notion of “tact”—caution in what one says about others—treating the idea from an ethical perspective. I trace James's ethics of tact through his late The Wings of the Dove , arguing that the author holds himself to certain stringent standards...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 255–277.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Elizabeth Brogden This article argues that the protagonist of Henry James's first work of psychological realism, The Portrait of a Lady (1881), has an oblique relationship to its plot. In this novel, James constructs Isabel's subjectivity (her feeling, apperception, and psychological depth) to the...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 60–64.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Kent Puckett Henry James's The Princess Casamassima is, among other things, a novel about becoming a terrorist. What kind of past suits one to a terrorist's work? What makes this especially interesting is the fact that the novel's main character, Hyacinth Robinson, is offered as both the most and...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 474–481.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Ivan Kreilkamp Henry James famously remarked of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd that “[e]verything human in the book strikes us as factitious and insubstantial; the only things we believe in are the sheep and the dogs.” This comment is generally taken as a simple putdown, but it can also...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 64–83.
Published: 01 May 2019
... between text and audience that characterizes a mass reading public. Yet in Eliot this turn toward an expansive, inclusive form of address is also linked to an increasingly rarefied style. The essay concludes by examining how the aesthetically rarefied Henry James and the populist best seller Marie Corelli...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 308–321.
Published: 01 August 2018
... affective response to the text back onto structure. In this way, James recovers history as a decidedly human project, precisely the understanding of history effaced by neoliberalism's subservience to the logic of capitalist exchange. Copyright © 2018 by Novel, Inc. 2018 The Golden Bowl Henry...
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Novel (1 May 2017) 50 (1): 97–111.
Published: 01 May 2017
... ). For as Quigley shows, this linguistic turn parallels modern novelists' embrace of relativism, revision of the novel form, and “linguistic experimentalism” (ibid.). Yet modernist fiction—from Woolf's “semi-transparent envelope” ( Woolf 106 ) to Henry James's “inveterate indirectness” ( Leavis 158...
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Novel (1 May 2009) 42 (1): 40–61.
Published: 01 May 2009
... of capitalism. The essay places the novel into a broader philosophical conversation with the works of William James, Henry Adams, and Karl Marx and suggests new understandings of the body-subject (James), American imperial management (Adams), and commodity fetishism (Marx). So contextualized, we see...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 284–289.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Amanda Claybaugh It is a surprising fact of literary history that many of the most important nineteenth-century authors served, at some point in their careers, as US consul. The list of these authors includes James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, James Russell Lowell, William Dean Howells...
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Novel (1 November 2013) 46 (3): 364–385.
Published: 01 November 2013
... concept of double consciousness bore “a marked indebtedness to William James, the pragmatist philosopher and early scholar of psychology with whom Du Bois had studied at Harvard University. In fact, Wil- liam mailed his brother, Henry, a copy of The Souls of Black Folk, calling it ‘a...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 363–382.
Published: 01 November 2014
... . The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling . By Fielding Henry . New York : Penguin , 2005 . xiii – xxxix . Leavis F. R. The Great Tradition: George Eliot, Henry James, Joseph Conrad . New York : New York UP , 1964 . Locke John . An Essay Concerning Human Understanding...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 375–387.
Published: 01 November 2017
... even diminish the achievements of black women writers and their contributions to American letters. Sources from the New York Times to Henry Louis Gates Jr. labeled Morrison's win a “great day” for black women writers, for black Americans, and for African American literature; but few if any commentaries...
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Novel (1 August 2019) 52 (2): 261–283.
Published: 01 August 2019
..., Erwin Schrödinger, Henry P. Stapp, and other quantum physicists, the article explores the role that consciousness and acts of observation play in the calling into being of material reality as it is imagined in narrative fiction. Copyright © 2019 by Novel, Inc. 2019 Quantum physics consciousness...
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Novel (1 May 2017) 50 (1): 56–76.
Published: 01 May 2017
... where he is actually sitting ( 8 ). Or a moment at the end of Henry James's The Ambassadors in which a minor character, Marie Gostrey, proposes to our hero Ralph Strether. The second he understands her offer he gets mentally busy thinking about how he will refuse her and how she will understand his...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 382–401.
Published: 01 November 2011
... Herbert . Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud . Boston : Beacon , 1974 . McGurl Mark . The Novel Art: Elevations of American Fiction after Henry James . Princeton : Princeton UP , 2001 . McKeon Michael , ed. The Theory of the Novel: A Historical Approach...