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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
..., transforms dullness into novelistic event. What is notable about Green's fiction is the peculiar extent to which his examination of the prosaic occurs at the level of form and language. While Green's style is typically praised as deeply strange, it is also marked by its interest in commonplace utterance: in...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 56–76.
Published: 01 May 2017
... readily pictured the overpass, recognized the sort of night, heard that bit of rehearsal song drifting into it, a lyrical overlay on prosaic reality. The review's other slide away from straightforward opera reporting comes after the final curtain: That night, when the singers boarded their special...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 513–516.
Published: 01 November 2011
... 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). ­Interment is confused with garbage disposal; in a lovely treatment of one of Defoe’s grammatically ambiguous (and...
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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 (2018) 51 (3): 529–532.
Published: 01 November 2018
... 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 sensible world that has no limit. The poetic apprehension of this multiplicity requires a form of “reverie...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 141–145.
Published: 01 May 2017
... social movements? In what ways might informal 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...
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Novel (1999) 33 (1): 5–31.
Published: 01 May 1999
..., 1704–1789: Étude d’histoire et de critique littéraires . Montréal: Beauchemin, 1946 . Emerson , Caryl , and Gary Saul Morson. Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics . Stanford: Stanford UP, 1990 . Fan , Ts’un-chung . “Chinese Fables and Anti-Walpole Journalism.” Review of...
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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 (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 (2017) 50 (1): 112–122.
Published: 01 May 2017
... stage the triumph of lowbrow over highbrow as a procession that also denotes the passage of time. Whereas Kit's book is never sighted, Millie's books are extravagantly prosaic visual objects, piled upon the screen in a metonymic parody of the dissolve. Where turning pages of books sometimes represents...
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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 (2017) 50 (3): 441–451.
Published: 01 November 2017
... of aesthetic evaluation as including the other's subsequent demand for us to justify it” (171). The post hoc status of arguments for the interesting signals its detachment from specific formal configurations: “interesting” forms tend to be pluralist or mixed, impure, transitory, prosaic, even in a...
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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 (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 (2005) 38 (2-3): 272–290.
Published: 01 November 2005
... education. By this turn of logic, even the most prosaic daily transactions-from window shopping to walking through London's public gardens to meeting people for tea-presented the discerning observer with opportunities to learn about oneself and others. It was with an eye toward this expanding...