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Novel (1 August 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 (1 May 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 (1 November 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 (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 417–437.
Published: 01 November 2018
... world-historical event held in abeyance: in the film's arresting opening scenes, the hovering silhouette of the alien city forms an inverted mirror of the Johannesburg skyline, inviting speculation as to what might happen when or if these two worlds fuse ( figure 2 ). The film's narrative power hinges...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 10–25.
Published: 01 May 2016
... bounced on the big river. This was the thing she loved—she was outdoors, truly in the open. Standing on the side of a planet. In the greatest city of all. (101–2) This scene not only turns the familiar science-fiction scenario of the drowned metropolis from dystopia to utopia but also presents an...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 176–196.
Published: 01 August 2017
... stones of the street, pointing every way, and designed one might have thought, expressly to lame all living creatures that approached them, had dammed [the wine] into little pools” (1:49). The poorly paved city street makes this opening onto Paris parallel the story's opening onto the unmacadamized Dover...
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Novel (1 May 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 (1 November 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 (1 May 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 (1 August 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 (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 63–84.
Published: 01 May 2015
... people, Dickens used the mechanisms of a network—a self-generating 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...
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Novel (1 August 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 (1 August 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 (1 November 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 (1 November 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 (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 103–121.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., taking Teju Cole's Open City ( 2011 ) and W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz (2001) as examples. The ethical salience of these works is not limited to their capacity to expose us to otherness, a task arguably performed by any text, but also inheres in their ability to give shape to what we might call...
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Novel (1 August 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 (1 November 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 (1 May 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...
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Novel (1 August 2013) 46 (2): 179–192.
Published: 01 August 2013
... also suggests that the deep past that makes the everyday historical is exactly what disqualifies native culture from history. This is the colonial paradox that most interests me in Cather's rethinking of the historical novel: Indian culture is excluded from the alternative space that Cather opens up...