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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 May 2017
...John Frow This is the introduction to a special issue of Novel , “The Prosaic Imaginary,” edited by John Frow and Vanessa Smith. The editors ask the question: what is the relationship between the novel's prosaic subject matter and novel reading as an everyday activity? Both parts of this question...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 35–55.
Published: 01 May 2017
... child's toy is the archetypal object of the “prosaic imaginary,” at once material and symbolic, internal and external, partial and whole, destructive and therapeutic; an everyday object that is not simply typical high realist ballast but also the stuff of dreams. The essay suggests that the nineteenth...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): v–vi.
Published: 01 August 2010
... Missouri. He is author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s (2009) and is coediting a collection on David Foster Wallace.  SAIKAT MAJUMDAR is assistant professor of English at Stanford University. His book, Prosaic (forthcoming in 2011), explores the global develop- ment of...
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Novel (2004) 37 (3): 277–302.
Published: 01 November 2004
... . Coronil , Fernando . “Can Postcoloniality be Decolonized? Imperial Banality and Postcolonial Power.” Public Culture 5 ( 1992 ): 89 –108. Emerson , Caryl , and G. S. Morson Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics . Stanford: Stanford UP, 1990 . Engle , Lars . “The Political Uncanny...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 97–111.
Published: 01 May 2017
... English Studies 42 ( 2012 ): 186 – 203 . Breit Harvey . “ Talk with Henry Green—and a P.S. ” New York Times Book Review 19 Feb. 1950 : 29 . Brown Bill . “ Thing Theory .” Critical Inquiry 28 . 1 ( 2001 ): 1 – 22 . Crangle Sara . Prosaic Desires: Modernist...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 56–76.
Published: 01 May 2017
... often extravagantly vivid poetic or prosaic renderings of the natural world's “spots in time,” despite Cather's frequent recourse to the language of musicality or the concept of poetical revelation that can crop up within an everyday life, we should not see Hardy and Cather simply as late Romantics...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 529–532.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Balzacian sense of human life so vast and varied that any Aristotelian rational causation founders. It is not so much that the modern world has become too prosaic as that it has become too immense to sustain plot. Baudelaire's poems enact encounters between subjects who are networks of sensation within a...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 141–145.
Published: 01 May 2017
... forms of power and influence suggest a new idea of participation in mass democracy? And what if these forms are expressed in the most prosaic and most profound ways in literature, specifically novels and short stories? These questions direct Stacey Margolis's interesting study of how public opinion was...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 513–516.
Published: 01 November 2011
... why people long to hold on to waste” (113). Defoe’s narrator tells two stories: one of drama, death, and decay, of bodies that were moments ago beloved; and another “a prosaic, quotidian narrative about the problem of dealing with urban waste” 516 novel | fall 2011 (113...
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Novel (2012) 45 (3): 475–478.
Published: 01 November 2012
... are—unlike epic, unlike tragedy—allowed to traffic in prosaic and worldly facts of physical matters” (13). In the theater of literary forms, realism and satire sit side by side in the peanut gallery. The long flirtation between realism and satire was consummated in the 1880s and 1890s in the...
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Novel (1999) 33 (1): 5–31.
Published: 01 May 1999
... birth in London. The mysterious and fabulous East is the origin of all fiction, perhaps a parodic echo of the location of the origin of the domestic- realist novel in the all-too familiar and prosaic London-writ large as West! Prescriptive Realism has truly met its match in Clara Reeve, even as it...
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Novel (2005) 38 (2-3): 254–271.
Published: 01 November 2005
..., render the aesthetic of aristocratic decoration incompatible with English life and relocate that life in prosaic domestic spaces. The Chinese object simultaneously moves between these aesthetic regimes, passing from decadent ornament to everyday thing. Although chinoiserie had been in fashion...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 112–122.
Published: 01 May 2017
... pivotal “and.” The repetition that occurs across these three films stages a historical argument about the ways in which literary value can be quantified through the citation of prosaic objects. In the midst of generic similitude (the triangulated pair, the rivalrous pair, the zero-sum battle over cross...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 May 2010
... . Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006 . Ginsburg , Michal , and Nandrea Lorri. “The Prose of the World.” The Novel, Vol. 2: Forms and Themes . Ed. Moretti Franco. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006 . 244 –73. Godzich , Wlad , and Kittay Jeffrey. The Emergence of Prose: An Essay in Prosaics...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 484–488.
Published: 01 November 2019
... about the segmentation of elite and popular audiences, were too prosaic to penetrate the heads of writers variously obsessed with spiritual concerns. This is not to say that Rasula's book feels narrow in scope or whiggish in its approach to modernism's canon. Though the “history” at hand is largely...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 179–192.
Published: 01 August 2013
... self-conscious historical sensibility the object of representation.5 Scott achieves this breakthrough through his creation of a unique kind of cen- tral character, the mediocre hero. The historical novel requires this decidedly prosaic protagonist because he serves a specific compositional...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 385–392.
Published: 01 August 2016
... Ancient Novels and Related Genres . Princeton : Princeton UP , 1994 . Lalanne Sophie . Une éducation grecque: Rites de passage et construction des genres dans le roman grec . Paris : La Découverte , 2006 . Morson Gary Saul . Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics . Stanford...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 441–451.
Published: 01 November 2017
... configurations: “interesting” forms tend to be pluralist or mixed, impure, transitory, prosaic, even in a sense “formless” (122–26). Such forms cannot take an ideal shape, and the retroactive emergence of the justification for the claim that a given work is interesting is the consequence of this formal...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 167–174.
Published: 01 August 2009
... those whose protagonists and national readerships seemed to give up 170 novel | summer 2009 wishing for alternative worlds and buckled down to normative living and prosaic reading. When feminism came along and provoked us out of such political com- placency, it nevertheless ceded the...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 64–83.
Published: 01 May 2019
... that space in this oblique way, they may belong to that unforgiving class of readers whose reported speech Eliot's narrator mockingly ventriloquizes. And yet this group, ironically, overlaps with the prosaic people cast as worthy objects of sympathy. As this crux suggests, such a capacious middling...