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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 322-338.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Lily Saint Abstract This essay challenges recent theories of world literature that argue that the global anglophone novel, in particular, instantiates empathic, ethical connection across and beyond nation-states. Taking cues from Teju Cole's Open City , it understands the urge to connect as a...
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Novel (2007) 41 (1): 53-72.
Published: 01 May 2007
... "Oh countryside, when will I see you [again Stendhal uses this quotation as the epigraph to the opening chapter of Book 2 of Le rouge (sarcastically titled "Les plaisirs de la campagne It is a line he cites frequently (57211). Stendhal misattributes the line to Virgil, no doubt thinking...
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Novel (2000) 33 (3): 440-443.
Published: 01 November 2000
...-nineteenth century. Master Plots shows us how we, too, can master the literary past, celebrate the intracta- ble complexity of the American literary tradition, and open up the canon to better appreciate the breadth, depth, and coherence of this tradition, without, if I may borrow from...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 417-437.
Published: 01 November 2018
... combinations of life emerge from within the matrix of the present one. Its very recognizable human subjects now open onto a range of previously inconceivable possibilities. In this respect, these works, for all their shortcomings—not least the risk they run of replacing the precipitous otherness of the...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 10-25.
Published: 01 May 2016
... current class divisions. But other important urban novels—for example, William Gibson's Pattern Recognition (2002), China Miéville's The City and the City (2009), Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City (2009), or Teju Cole's Open City (2012)—either do not engage with environmental issues or integrate them...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 176-196.
Published: 01 August 2017
... Dickens is careful to have Jarvis Lorry of Tellson's Bank signal that the exchanges between Paris and London are as old as those cities, so he also opens with Jarvis Lorry walking beside the lumbering mail atop Shooter's Hill, at precisely the furthest distance a horse can gallop from Temple Bar, and...
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Novel (2007) 41 (1): 29-52.
Published: 01 May 2007
... they are neither driven by characterization nor open to it. A scene that seems designed to confirm the importance of the personal concludes by asserting its irrelevance. This scene's replacement of character by number provides a particularly succinct version of the indifference to...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 369-385.
Published: 01 November 2019
... point was the opening in 1925 of Capital Park, with its “World Garden”: although intended to align the city with “the civilized countries of the world” (129), the park was deemed somber and inconvenient by the majority of residents and was subsequently occupied and looted by warlord troops (128–30...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 409-425.
Published: 01 November 2017
...) is Pieterse's favored example for a novel that brings everyday “cityness” to life better “than the wooden development tropes that remain the stock in trade of developmentalist academic discourses and NGOs” ( 10 ). The postcolonial work of Okri and Vladislavić lives in the niche of quality fiction. If...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 1-22.
Published: 01 May 2019
... narratives of political reform. The novel “relocates” the conventions of these two genres, transplanting the formal, thematic, and rhetorical conventions of each genre to the plotlines and subject matter of the other. Such relocation undermines normative expectations about both genres and opens possibilities...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 278-283.
Published: 01 August 2009
.... Rather than fate, genes offer now probability and possibility as well as multiple sites for intervention. As Rose puts it, molecular genomic biology “is probabilistic not deter- ministic, open, not closed, not identifying an essential racial truth that determines individuals to different fates but...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 63-84.
Published: 01 May 2015
... open system of interactions—to form a novel around the attractions and reactions among characters rather than around the psychological experience of a single protagonist. Dickens was, of course, no materialist; his novels (particularly his early works) are more often read as sentimental and moralizing...
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Novel (2012) 45 (2): 238-256.
Published: 01 August 2012
..., far from being playful, is actually an accurate representation of a young boy’s traumatized mind” (251).4 Such readings are essentially mimetic; they reflect the same invest- ment in epistemic validity and factual accuracy that I described in the opening pages of this essay. Though fidelity...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 429-448.
Published: 01 November 2016
... hugely popular 1859 novel A Tale of Two Cities . In the opening scene, an anonymous Parisian revolutionary writes this menacing message on a wall in red wine after a mob loots a store and smashes bottles in the street. The transformation of wine into blood sets the stage for Dickens's extremely crowd...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 227-250.
Published: 01 August 2010
... quantity of life it produces—a problem that the disciplinary logic and contractual formations of earlier domestic fiction were never designed to solve—Dickens's novels of life and death in the city find a new impetus for literary production. We might call this the biopolitical imagination. © 2010 by...
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Novel (2012) 45 (3): 343-367.
Published: 01 November 2012
...) is a mark of the text's modernity. What Brown recognizes in his analysis of emergent networks is the power of the city to reorder social connection, enabling individuals to bypass official sources of information, play a role in the process of transmission, and become (often unwitting) participants in...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 103-121.
Published: 01 May 2015
... essay “Figura” (1938), whose worldly implications have been largely overlooked, and tracing its crystallization in Disgrace 's famous final scene, I delineate a conception of figure that illuminates the ethical form of other global works, taking Teju Cole's Open City ( 2011 ) and W. G. Sebald's...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 278-294.
Published: 01 August 2016
... readings of two contemporary novelists: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) and Chetan Bhagat (India). Despite coming from different countries and political positions, both authors break open existing paradigms in postcolonial literature and represent a new imagining of the potential relationship between...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 546-554.
Published: 01 November 2009
.... Reading Bolaño's conception of exile as a conciliation between Lukács's and Bakhtin's theories of literature as a form of exile, this essay traces how his novels turn the modern drive to estrangement into a post-auratic nostalgia open to commodification. © 2009 by Novel, Inc. 2009 Works Cited...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 163-168.
Published: 01 May 2010
... well-theorized connection between the archive and the nation-state, diaspora novels require a transnational reading practice that encompasses multiple national archives. This critical practice opens the archive and exposes the nation-state's exclusionary investments in it. Diaspora literature thus...