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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
...” ( Dong, “Defining Beiping” 121 ). A case in 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...
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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 (1): 10–25.
Published: 01 May 2016
... 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 as part of sociocultural background noise, items in the average citizen's portfolio of neurotic obsessions. On the other hand, Lydia...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 157–165.
Published: 01 August 2018
... 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 turns the self-righteous...
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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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (2020) 53 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 May 2020
... of narrative over the kinds 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...
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Novel (2011) 44 (2): 302–304.
Published: 01 August 2011
... of an increasingly mass-oriented commer- cial culture in the early twentieth century. These debates include the discussions of newly calibrated commercial metropolitan places and spaces—with the birth of the department store and the opening up of city streets as a legitimate space for middle-class women to see...
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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 (2015) 48 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 May 2015
... indication of the novel's attention to the foundational ambiguity of law, its openness, its ideal shaping that elliptically eludes every real shape, the break with Euclid's parallels on another plane ( 467 ). Objecting to given law and lacking the legislation of nature's law, Jude and Sue look for new shapes...
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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 144–147.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., a novel that we read expecting the story of person but that repeatedly gives us . . . the story of ‘such a one’” (84). In other words, Stout's structural analysis opens up new ways of conceptualizing corporate action, corporate agency, and corporate responsibility. What struck me most in this reading...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 65–81.
Published: 01 May 2016
... changing social order. Repeated with pathological regularity, his signature phrase laments the rise of bourgeois liberal democracy: “[T]he floodgates of society are burst open, and the waters have—a—obliterated the landmarks of the framework of the cohesion by which things are held together” (648). While...
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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...