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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 144–147.
Published: 01 May 2018
... aggregation is always vexed, contentious, and dynamic. Perhaps the structuralist account of the novel that Corporate Romanticism has led me to imagine—in which the individual and the communal, in persons and of actions, would not be seen as mutually exclusive or radically opposed—could provide a better...
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Novel (1 November 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 of...
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Novel (1 November 2013) 46 (3): 406–423.
Published: 01 November 2013
... 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: it...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 363–382.
Published: 01 November 2014
... prudence, which 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...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 226–249.
Published: 01 August 2018
... infrastructures—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...
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Novel (1 August 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. As...
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Novel (1 November 2013) 46 (3): 364–385.
Published: 01 November 2013
... contingency that many readers of Hopkins's text have noted in fact constitute a response to James's theories—a statement recognizing the unfinished quality of diasporic black political action. © 2013 by Novel, Inc. 2013 Duke University Press Transnational Healing in Pauline Hopkins’s Of One...
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Novel (1 August 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 (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 393–399.
Published: 01 November 2009
... 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 (1 November 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 (1 May 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 (1 November 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 (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 103–121.
Published: 01 May 2015
... Heidegger's thought in order to propose that the potential for supranational circulation impinges upon the novel's mimesis: specifically, how figurations of character, action, and event relate to a larger social or communal horizon—the work's ethos. Attending to the problem of ethos in Disgrace clarifies the...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 400–420.
Published: 01 November 2015
... supernatural agency over Crane's fictional terrain. Accounting for these in terms of fairly conventional modes of realism and naturalism, critics often presume that Crane's plotting works to literalize clichés of common speech and thus to reveal, in a manner of action, social significance latent in a manner of...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 85–102.
Published: 01 May 2015
... institutional reproduction, Nostromo calls on tropes of nineteenth-century realism only to insist upon their inadequacy. The novel's attention to institutions as material structures (and as actors in their own right) joined to sets of values, practices, and incentives (and thus as contexts for individual action...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 409–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
... 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 (1 August 2016) 49 (2): 236–261.
Published: 01 August 2016
... realist aesthetics stages a critique of key assumptions of the narratives of emergency, which place the victims in an overly determined condition where meaningful action is impossible. The works of Mda, Farah, and Akpan restore historical agency to characters who experience extreme insecurity and provoke...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 236–254.
Published: 01 August 2017
... 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 (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 255–277.
Published: 01 August 2017
... nineteenth-century realism character-space recessive action In his 1908 Preface to The Portrait of a Lady , Henry James remembers his optimism, as he gazed out the window of his rented lodgings on the Riva Schiavoni in the spring of 1880, that Venice's demands on his attention might be turned to...
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Novel (1 November 2013) 46 (3): 457–459.
Published: 01 November 2013
...G. Gabrielle Starr Kramnick Jonathan , Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson . ( Stanford : Stanford UP , 2010 ), pp. 307 , paper, $24.95 . © 2013 by Novel, Inc. 2013 Duke University Press Matter, Mind, and Agency in the Long Eighteenth Century JONATHAN KRAMNICK...