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Novel (2022) 55 (1): 8–18.
Published: 01 May 2022
... of enduring COVID‐19 restrictions intersected with the outrage of witnessing racial injustice. Telephone 's versions show how activism can result from an admixture of motives and aims. Against the claim that support for Black Lives Matter was insincere, Telephone imagines the grounds for political action...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 380–386.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Penny Fielding This essay address the problem of action in William Godwin's writing, comparing his characterization of the ethical decision in An Enquiry concerning Political Justice with his much more uneasy rendering of it in Caleb Williams . The novel, coming between the two editions...
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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 144–147.
Published: 01 May 2018
... is concerned—rightly and presciently so—with the inherent multiplicity of individual action, that which lies at the very foundation of liberal thought. He shows that neither the individual nor the action is ever singular, or—more precisely—that this singularity is always already (or paradoxically, depending...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 360–382.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Maria Christou Abstract At center stage in Kazuo Ishiguro's work is the figure of the nonactor: a character type that confronts us time and again with scenarios in which action is devalued. This essay shows that, despite finding themselves in situations that mandate action, Ishiguro's characters...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 236–254.
Published: 01 August 2017
... and readers. Even as Phineas Finn speaks the idiom of John Stuart Mill's liberal orientation toward feelings and beliefs, the novel's distribution of narrative focalization provides an alternative pedagogy in Jeremy Bentham's utilitarian orientation toward action. Reading the novel's form against its content...
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Novel (2014) 47 (2): 196–209.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Jacques Rancière In The Waves , one of the characters dreams of “a wandering thread, lightly joining one thing to another.” This essay situates this dream within the problem of modern fiction. Fiction was defined by Aristotle as an arrangement of actions according to necessity or verisimilitude...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 226–249.
Published: 01 August 2018
...—and suggests that these processes of mediation themselves become apprehensible at the level of style as drone content becomes drone form. The essay then identifies in these instances of drone form an abiding problem of nonreciprocal action. Often allegorized as dysfunctional masculinity or failed copulation...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 406–423.
Published: 01 November 2013
... in to the racialized, gendered, and classed dynamics of exploitation operating before and during social upheaval catalyzed by natural disaster, but he also reveals a general potential among the dispossessed for critical thinking and action in overwhelming circumstances. This article has several implications...
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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 363–382.
Published: 01 November 2014
... would encourage her to act in accordance with her knowledge of his past actions and her own experience of heartbreak. Concurrently, Tom's society (in recognizing him as Allworthy's heir) erases his youthful, transgressive experiences, seeing the actions of gentlemen as purgative and temporary. Character...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 43–64.
Published: 01 May 2021
... the geographic regions on India's periphery, toward which the novel's action drives but which it never ultimately reaches, and two “developmental genres,” the picaresque and the bildungsroman, which the novel holds in tension. It argues further that whereas earlier studies of Kim and the bildungsroman have...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 104–119.
Published: 01 May 2021
... despair in the face of devastation. Unlike Beckett's laughter that merely endures entropic decline, Atwood's survival laughter opens the possibility for dynamic, creative action oriented to the hope of transformation and flourishing, even amid seemingly total loss. Through tragicomic survival laughter...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 393–399.
Published: 01 November 2009
... by photography. I argue that many novelists need the idea of photography as freezing a moment in time to meet their own narrative ends, to signify an instant of stopped action: that way, too, they retain authorial control of the (imaginary) photograph's signification. Their version of photography is underwritten...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 474–481.
Published: 01 November 2009
... origins in the literal occupation of shepherds. For Foucault, much of the specificity of our Judeo-Christian inheritance may be traced to the vocation of the sheepherder and his ability to turn cross-species pity or empathy into the action of protective care and governance. Far from the Madding Crowd can...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 78–82.
Published: 01 May 2010
... first by discussing what it calls “commodity origin” scenes in Émile Zola, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Richard Powers, a genre that like the epic simile interrupts the action to provide background knowledge. Second, it reflects on the famous first sentence of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 517–523.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Caroline Levine This essay asks what the form of the long Victorian novel is peculiarly capable of accomplishing. It introduces the term affordance , from cognitive psychology and design, which refers to the range of potential actions and uses latent in objects and materials. What potentialities...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 409–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
... with other world systems become the sites of dramatic action and ethical transformation. In essence, Murakami presents us not with single verisimilar realities but with what I call fractal realism, recursively constituted fields of representation wherein characters and readers alike must continually adapt...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 210–225.
Published: 01 August 2018
... action is embodied and interrogated in what I call the microeconomic mode , a ubiquitous twenty-first-century cultural formation defined by a combination of abstraction and extremity. From Cormac McCarthy's The Road to the Hunger Games franchise, this mode represents individuals making life-and-death...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 179–199.
Published: 01 August 2019
... in the nineteenth century to refer to sensory uncertainty about whether movement in space is one's own or a sensation produced by external objects. For Scott, the related phenomena of vertigo and vection become perceptual metonyms of historical change. In the plot of vection, as opposed to the plot of action...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 442–459.
Published: 01 November 2019
...: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network advocates considering forms in terms of their affordances, “the potential uses or actions latent in materials and designs” (6). This depends, however, on the reliable identification of forms in a particular text, activity, or material; and the critical response to John...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 425–441.
Published: 01 November 2019
...—as a crucial marker of human character, Burney insists on filling her novels with a succession of unexpected events and a multitude of characters surprised by their own actions. By refusing to treat accident as a mistake to be improved upon—in the realm of either characterological conduct or authorial craft...