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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 467–485.
Published: 01 November 2016
... functions. In The Ambassadors , this withdrawal responds to the inherent maximalism of the novel's primary antagonist, advertising. The Ambassadors reveals advertising as a form of representation uninterested in the material object. Against advertising's abstraction, the novel uses opaque, empty style to...
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Novel (1 August 2016) 49 (2): 219–235.
Published: 01 August 2016
... and anxious concern that Japanese ambassadors of culture not be offended. The crucial intervention was made by G. K. Chesterton, who argued that the opera did not contain “a single joke against Japan” in a moment of just such panic: the Lord Chamberlain's censorship of the opera for the duration of...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 400–409.
Published: 01 November 2009
... critical attention will be centrally concerned with national matters. This continued focus on the nation has had difficult repercussions for Markandaya, who metamorphosed in her fiction and in her presentation of herself as a writer from the role of an “Indian literary ambassador to the world” to...
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Novel (1 May 2009) 42 (1): 109–130.
Published: 01 May 2009
... else could” (qtd. in Theisen 36). Aside from its fabled chariot race, much of Ben-Hur’s appeal lay in the author- ity with which Wallace wrote of distant peoples and places in the Roman Empire. Wallace—whose storied career also included a term as U.S. ambassador to ­Turkey—proves a...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 108–131.
Published: 01 May 2014
... cultural and national constituencies. In 2012, he was poised to receive a recently inaugurated award, the Arab Novel Prize, conceived by ambassadors of Arab nations in France to rec- ognize a book by an Arab writer that was either composed in or translated into French. But Sansal’s award was revoked on...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 421–445.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Alexandra Neel This article examines the spaces still life in Frankenstein , arguing that Mary Shelley draws on this rich visual tradition from its humblest manifestations in the painting of food to its most conceptual in its explorations of light, human perception, and death. Following Norman...
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Novel (1 August 2013) 46 (2): 275–295.
Published: 01 August 2013
... Wisconsin P , 1992 . Von Eschen Penny . Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War . Cambridge : Harvard UP , 2004 . Wright Richard . Black Power: A Record of Reactions in a Land of Pathos . New York : Harper , 1954 . “Every Guy Has His Own Africa...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 May 2010
.... And I understand why that would hap- pen: why someone would rather study sentence structure in The Ambassadors than in its contemporary Dashing Diamond Dick. The problem is not the value judgment, it’s that when a value judgment becomes the basis for concepts, it doesn’t determine just what is...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 255–277.
Published: 01 August 2017
... words, is not “relative,” to borrow Woloch's term; rather, next to the polycentrism of The Ambassadors , The Wings of the Dove , or The Golden Bowl , it is decidedly pronounced. In these later novels, the reader continually ricochets between Lambert Strether and Chad Newsome, Kate Croy and Milly...
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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 60–78.
Published: 01 May 2018
... marked as disabled, having symptoms that align with current definitions of autism, is perhaps the only one to exceed his diagnostic demarcations. One might consider, for instance, how, in contrast to the “weak eyes” (55) of the aristocratic ambassador who sets in motion the novel's central terrorist plot...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 236–254.
Published: 01 August 2017
... families or friendship networks and acquainted with more and more barriers that separate the understanding of one group from another, barriers sometimes domesticated as “cultural differences.” The role of fiction is then twice over ambassadorial: first, an ambassador of the complexity of a human life and...
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Novel (1 May 2009) 42 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 May 2009
...). As literary ambassador for the Enlightenment, realism is thought to exemplify a mode of perceiving, comprehending, and representing persons, objects, and events in accordance with natural laws and rationally expli- cable causal relations. In short, realism is understood to be a kind of radical...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 261–267.
Published: 01 August 2009
... British novel, and what gets displaced by its insertion? (I am thinking here of Stephen Greenblatt’s well-known reading of the anamorphic death’s head in Holbein’s The Ambassadors, from Renaissance Self-Fashioning [17–23 Could the intersection of the two incommensurable perspectives, those...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 338–350.
Published: 01 November 2017
... way of dealing with the contradiction that he spells out in an offhanded reference to Henry James. While he understands “why someone would rather study sentence structure in The Ambassadors than in its contemporary Dashing Diamond Dick ,” Moretti also insists that to formulate a theory of...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 45–62.
Published: 01 May 2015
... him as a childish fantasy that is incompatible with adult knowledge and responsibility and that can only assume aesthetic forms that are nonnarratable or opaque. Like Lambert Strether in The Ambassadors , then, who only partly maintains his commitment “not, out of the whole affair, to have got...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 284–289.
Published: 01 August 2009
...- ment took differed for ministers and consuls. Ministers performed the functions that are now performed by ambassadors, while the functions of the consul have 286 novel | summer 2009 changed significantly over time. Consuls have always been responsible for helping US travelers who...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 64–83.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Alicia Williams Abstract Whence the “dear reader”—and to where? This essay proposes that George Eliot's reformulation of nineteenth-century conventions for addressing reading audiences documents a response to the emergence of Britain's first mass reading public. Eliot inherits a propensity for...
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Novel (1 August 2004) 37 (1-2): 181–199.
Published: 01 August 2004
... written by male authors during the period-for example, Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, James's The Ambassadors, Gissing's The Whirlpool, Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge, Conrad's Lord Jim, Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, Joyce's The Porfrnit of the Artist as a Yoting Mnn, and Ford's The Good...
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Novel (1 May 1999) 33 (1): 5–31.
Published: 01 May 1999
... Oudescar, keeping his standing army at home to protect himself against un- popularity.12 With Ochihatou interrupted from impending coitus with Eovaai by Oudescar's ambassador, Eovaii is in the meantime reprieved by a guardian spirit, Halafamai, who apprises her of Ochihatou's malevolent...
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Novel (1 May 2017) 50 (1): 56–76.
Published: 01 May 2017
... of James's effort to make fiction explore the peculiar challenges in simultaneously representing the world as is and the world as experienced . In his preface to The Ambassadors , for example, James focuses on “disguised and repaired losses, these insidious recoveries, these intensely redemptive...