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Novel (2021) 54 (3): 475–478.
Published: 01 November 2021
... in work such as Mark Seltzer's Bodies and Machines , Walter Benn Michaels's The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism , and Jennifer Fleissner's Women, Compulsion, Modernity: The Moment of American Naturalism . Laing Hill briefly refers to Seltzer, confines Benn Michaels to a footnote, and fails...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 144–148.
Published: 01 May 2011
... 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 philosophical quality: if race...
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Novel (2001) 35 (1): 136–138.
Published: 01 May 2001
... of '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 (2009) 42 (2): 261–267.
Published: 01 August 2009
... . 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: Nativism, Modernism...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 371–374.
Published: 01 August 2010
... on the assumption that “mean­ing could be discussed and argued without the need to ‘enrich’ the discussion by bringing in material outside of the text, such as ‘history “the abstraction of their arguments,” he goes on to say, “is problematic” (73). Gandal sees those problems in Walter Benn Michaels’s...
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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...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 339–361.
Published: 01 August 2018
... of mutually engaged positions. 4 Walter Benn Michaels's The Shape of the Signifier and Amanda Anderson's The Way We Argue Now are two of the best-known examples. Anderson, appositely, introduces her book by resisting “the underdeveloped and often incoherent evaluative stance of contemporary theory...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 510–514.
Published: 01 November 2010
... Hegeman’s Patterns for America: Modernism and the Concept of Culture (1999), Marc Manganaro’s Culture, 1922: The Emergence of a Concept (2002), and Michael Elliott’s The Culture Concept: Writing and Difference in the Age of Realism (2002), Douglas’s study builds on Walter Benn Michaels’s Our America...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 368–371.
Published: 01 August 2016
... 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 naturalizing capitalist self-interest...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 521–524.
Published: 01 November 2011
.... 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 yields remarkable focus and nuance but whose persistently lateral...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 308–321.
Published: 01 August 2018
... titled “Is the Novel Neoliberal?” at the Society for Novel Studies 2016 conference. Copyright © 2018 by Novel, Inc. 2018 The Golden Bowl Henry James neoliberalism aesthetics Walter Benn Michaels What might a late nineteenth-century writer like Henry James have to say about...
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Novel (2006) 39 (2): 276–279.
Published: 01 August 2006
... to the work of London and Norris, "California naturalism," is Left unexplained and thus its potentially rich ramifications unexplored. Lye is wholly convincing in demonstrating how certain identifiably naturalist tendencies (as established by critics like Walter Benn Michaels and Mark Seltzer, among...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 161–164.
Published: 01 May 2019
... 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 Michaels, whom she critiques in the first part of the chapter (131–36). Nonetheless, she acknowledges the commonality between...
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Novel (2007) 40 (1-2): 197–200.
Published: 01 August 2007
...-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 figural analogies and astute attention to Norris's tmping of hands visible and invisible, zhneman...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 488–491.
Published: 01 November 2011
... (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 Chin’s version of cultural...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 281–285.
Published: 01 August 2015
... with a 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 (2017) 50 (2): 307–311.
Published: 01 August 2017
... the sufficient reason of a poem in the poem itself, New Criticism can . . . offer bountiful descriptions of poems that already exist; but it cannot account for the existence of a poem as such” (51)—shades, unnoted here, of Walter Benn Michaels's argument that intention always returns to haunt the critic who...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): 108–131.
Published: 01 May 2014
... . 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 . ———. “The Novel That Frightened Hamas...
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Novel (2023) 56 (2): 208–227.
Published: 01 August 2023
...). Walter Benn Michaels's 1995 criticism on James and race maintains Warren's focus on Jim Crow and the Supreme Court's eventual support of Southern segregation with Plessy ( 287 ). Since these vital contributions to James studies, historians have more thoroughly examined the North's racist past...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 234–252.
Published: 01 August 2013
... , 2000 . Marcus Sharon . Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London . Berkeley : U of California P , 1999 . Merck Mandy . Hollywood's American Tragedies: Dreiser, Eisenstein, Sternberg, Stevens . Oxford : Berg , 2007 . Michaels Walter Benn...