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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 308–321.
Published: 01 August 2018
... James neoliberalism aesthetics Walter Benn Michaels 10 I thus part ways with Bersani, who argues that “their past is a weak concession on James's part to an order of psychological probability which the novel in fact dismisses” ( 74 ). In contrast, I think we should attend to the repeated...
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Novel (2001) 35 (1): 136–138.
Published: 01 May 2001
... 'spheres of influence"' (176). There is a belated echo of formalism in this kind of attribution of good citizenship to certain kinds of literary works; the idiom is in some ways closer to that of F.O. Matthiessen than to, say, Walter Benn Michaels, for whom language manifestly fails to estrange...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 510–514.
Published: 01 November 2010
... Difference in the Age of Realism (2002), Douglas’s study builds on Walter Benn Michaels’s Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism (1995), which claims that American modernism gave rise to an idea of culture based on the primacy of racial identity in the United States. Yet in extending...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 144–148.
Published: 01 May 2011
... were willing to embrace the polemical assertions made by Walter Benn Michaels a decade ear- lier, not that race is irrelevant but that racial thinking is something of a logical impossibility. In “Autobiography of an Ex-White Man,” Michaels tinctures Whitehead’s irony with a mad- dening...
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Novel (2003) 36 (2): 263–266.
Published: 01 August 2003
... dilute hard-won rights claims. It may also be that the sheer ubiquity of disability across racial, sexual, gendered lines makes it difficult to "identify" as an identity. In this respect, Davis joins a number of recent thinkers (Ian Hacking, Walter Benn Michaels, Wendy Brown) who feel that the...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 261–267.
Published: 01 August 2009
... P, 1991 . Manganaro , Marc . Culture, 1922: The Emergence of a Concept . Princeton: Princeton UP, 2002 . ———. Myth, Rhetoric, and the Voice of Authority: A Critique of Frazer, Eliot, Frye, and Campbell . New Haven: Yale UP, 1992 . Michaels , Walter Benn . Our America...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 371–374.
Published: 01 August 2010
... Benn Michaels’s seminal Our America (1995), a work he credits with instructing his own interpretative practices but that, in adhering to New Historicism, posits the presence of “a master discourse that is supposed to shape the texts of a given historical period” (47). Interpretations “in search...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 488–491.
Published: 01 November 2011
... “marrying out,” as Rody notes (149). While Walter Benn Michaels’s work receives a brisk dismissal in The Interethnic Imagination for saying that ethnic identity is one more form of “racism” (10), it seems to me that his larger argument about the conflation of race and culture—of the kind we find in...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 521–524.
Published: 01 November 2011
... Habermas, Saidiya Hartman, Leon Jack- son, Fredric Jameson, D. H. Lawrence, T. Jackson Lears, Georg Lukács, Meredith McGill, Walter Benn Michaels, Dana Nelson, Michael O’Malley, Peter Osborne, Sherman Stuart, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and E. P. Thompson. The result is a mode of analysis that...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 161–164.
Published: 01 May 2019
... fungible rights to land, fisheries, and other resources—is actually an instance of neoliberalism par excellence? Her answer to this question is more nuanced than a brief review can explain. She rejects the straightforward equation of identity politics with neoliberalism found in the work of Walter Benn...
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Novel (2007) 40 (1-2): 197–200.
Published: 01 August 2007
... of American naturalism. Building on the criticism of such important scholars of turn-of-the-century economic culture as Walter Benn Michaels, Howard Horwitz, and James Livingston, Zimmerman offers nuanced and intriguing analyses of key naturalist texts. Through a complicated chain of...
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Novel (2006) 39 (2): 276–279.
Published: 01 August 2006
... Benn Michaels and Mark Seltzer, among others) easily lend themselves to the task of articulating an Orientalist representation of American economic modernity. But the reader is left to wonder how the xemqly regional variant represented by London and Norris is related to the whole nexus of...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 368–371.
Published: 01 August 2016
... counterintuitive figure, it ends with the narrative's governing force, for Dreiser works behind the scenes across the scope of the book. He does, however, provide the material for a powerful yet counterintuitive claim, for Sawaya argues contra Walter Benn Michaels that Dreiser's late finance novels, rather than...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 281–285.
Published: 01 August 2015
... movement that has grown out of a small network of contemporary Americanists (many students of Walter Benn Michaels), a small conference, and the online journal Post•45 , marks its own form of institutionalization. Perhaps in the same way that Duke University Press's New Americanists series marked a new...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 339–361.
Published: 01 August 2018
... now-classic studies like Walter Benn Michael's Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism . 10 Emmanuel M. Chiwome , for example, charts the institutional and linguistic schism at the heart of modern Shona literature's “birth” with a number of key works in 1956. “The Department was...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 307–311.
Published: 01 August 2017
...)—shades, unnoted here, of Walter Benn Michaels's argument that intention always returns to haunt the critic who would sooner deny it any role whatsoever. I tend to agree that precipitous attempts to expunge attention to the causal or referential pressures that make literature what it is (although these...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 157–165.
Published: 01 August 2018
... connect” inside out and comes down on the side of distancing oneself from others as the more durable form of social relations. Paul Stasi boils down Walter Benn Michaels's influential definition of art in the age of neoliberalism to an effacement of “notions of relation and containment” that enables “a...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): 108–131.
Published: 01 May 2014
...: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies . New York : Penguin , 2004 . Benn Michaels Walter . The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History . Princeton : Princeton UP , 2004 . Berman Paul . The Flight of the Intellectuals . Brooklyn : Melville House , 2010...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 234–252.
Published: 01 August 2013
... Walter Benn . “An American Tragedy, or the Promise of American Life.” Representations 25 ( 1989 ): 71 – 98 . Mitchell Lee Clark . “‘And Then Rose for the First Time’: Repetition and Doubling in An American Tragedy.” Novel 19 . 1 ( 1985 ): 39 – 56 . Nancy Jean-Luc...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 292–307.
Published: 01 August 2018
.../collection/search/252890 > (accessed 1 Nov. 2016 ). McCann Sean , and Szalay Michael . “ Do You Believe in Magic? Literary Thinking after the New Left .” Yale Journal of Criticism 18 . 2 ( 2005 ): 435 – 68 . Michaels Walter Benn . The Beauty of a Social Problem...