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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...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 369–385.
Published: 01 November 2019
... and students, sought to cultivate the public spirit observed in European cities of the period. Yet despite numerous development schemes for parks, green spaces, and street signs, urban planners faced a “challenging reality” ( Dong, “Defining Beiping” 121 ). A case in point was the opening in 1925 of Capital...
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Novel (2022) 55 (1): 113–130.
Published: 01 May 2022
... . Cole Teju . Open City . London : Faber and Faber , 2011 . Ducournau Claire . “ African Cultural Festivals and World Literature: From the Map to the Territory .” Journal of World Literature 4 ( 2019 ): 237 – 57 . Fongang Delphine . “ Cosmopolitan Dilemma: Diasporic...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 103–121.
Published: 01 May 2015
... Essays . New York : Penguin , 2002 . 1 – 16 . Cole Teju . Open City: A Novel . New York : Random House , 2011 . Dreyfus Hubert L. “ Heidegger's Ontology of Art .” A Companion to Heidegger . Ed. Dreyfus Hubert L. and Wrathall Mark . Malden : Wiley-Blackwell...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 10–25.
Published: 01 May 2016
... locked out from urban parks. Neither people, animals, nor plants are ever where they should be in Los Angeles, and where they should be is always open to question: that is exactly the nature of the urban in Mullen's perspective. Nature in the city presents itself, like its culture, as a heterogeneous...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 157–165.
Published: 01 August 2018
... expression in the same optical rhetoric that serves as the theater for cyberwarfare in popular “drone thrillers” or how Teju Cole does the same thing when he uses the Twitter platform to sabotage the conclusions of classic novels with 140-character “drone stories.” Saint convinces me that Cole's Open City...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 176–196.
Published: 01 August 2017
... ). Thus just as 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...
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Novel (2007) 41 (1): 53–72.
Published: 01 May 2007
... possible. So despite their unfashion- ableness and because of it, I want to reconsider these three novels in light of their representation of the country/city pairing and particularly in light of the water- courses that we find at their opening. Nobody has made much of this latter ele- ment...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 May 2013
..., the novel dramatizes the recursive feedback loops invisibly enshrouding the workings of industrial modernity, by which the city, its atmosphere, and its inhabitants emerge within a shared climatic system. Consider the novel’s famed opening, which must be quoted at length for cumulative effect...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 136–139.
Published: 01 May 2013
... such as Sketches by Boz”) (109). The “dim view of the city landscape” that opens Bleak House, meanwhile, provides a panorama more desolate than sublime (109). Even given this pejora- tive usage, Dickens seems convinced of the utility of sketch and panorama, Agathocleous argues. His literary versions...
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Novel (2001) 34 (3): 313–337.
Published: 01 November 2001
...": "the realist project of making-visible is perfectly in line with the techniques of a certain social disci- pline-the opening of the everyday ordinariness of every body to, and the fabri- cation of individuals under, the perfect eye of something like the police" ("Statistical" 85, 84). Realism...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 290–294.
Published: 01 August 2020
...Laura Strout Barbara Leckie , Open Houses: Poverty, the Novel, and the Architectural Idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain ( Philadelphia : U of Pennsylvania P , 2018 ), pp. 312 , cloth, $79.95 . Copyright © 2020 by Novel, Inc. 2020 “Let us look into the house.” Again...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 324–338.
Published: 01 August 2022
... des pauvres” (“The Eyes of the Poor”) was possible only because Haussmann's transformation of Paris facilitated greater ease of circulation, a feat that repressed the political agency of dense working-class neighborhoods. “Now that the slum districts of the city had been opened up,” Scott contends...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 417–437.
Published: 01 November 2018
... transformation. Indeed, crime is partly naturalized through Ivan's language, as he embellishes Simone's analysis through the trope of the city as nature reserve: the urban poacher, he writes, is now taking advantage of “open season” ( Vladislavic 136 ). Poachers have hacked away at Herman Wald's Leaping Impala...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 424–443.
Published: 01 November 2011
...—“Such was the house, the household, and the business Mr. Verloc left behind him on his way westward at the hour of half past ten in the morning” (10)—does the novel begin in earnest. This double opening allows Conrad to provide necessary background for Verloc’s story right away and perhaps serves...
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Novel (2022) 55 (1): 155–159.
Published: 01 May 2022
... Geography of Contemporary Fiction opens with a signature deconstructive move. Setting out the operating concept of the book, Hart reminds us that the “global” is only “global” by simultaneously remaining national, albeit in a curious way: “The putatively global culture of the twenty-first century occupies...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 May 2020
... of formal modeling seen in the other texts. This point of difference allows the periodization entailed by the planetary turn to be opened up to a reciprocal exchange with the work of perhaps the preeminent contemporary theorist of periodization, Fredric Jameson: an opening enabled by the chronological...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 May 2015
.... That his thought is presented as a question points to the open indeterminacy of the way of life, the necessity for intentional design. And so his initial question begets another: “What was most required by citizens? Food, clothing, and shelter. … They built in a city; therefore he would learn to build” (35...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 63–84.
Published: 01 May 2015
... and 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 (2002) 35 (2-3): 169–192.
Published: 01 November 2002
... in- strumental reason and exposing the novel as a linguistic invention, he can pro- duce non-referential, indeterminate, fluid, and open postrnodem fiction and lib- erate the African American from a hegemonic Western truth that devalues Otherness. The structure of RefZex not only echoes the works...