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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 268–277.
Published: 01 August 2009
... of novel production, the girl propels his novels through their marriage plot but can also clog this narrative by failing to form a pair. Despite Trollope's distaste for his popular heroine, Lily Dale, this girl—who buys herself a pair of shoes rather than pairing herself in marriage—may be Trollope's...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 116–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., dwelling on each image—the more we have had to say. Canonization, the vector of less, and close reading, the vector of more, are thus the paradoxical countermovements of the modern literary system. Ideology has also served that system well, sharing with close reading the logic of the physical: to grow by...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 483–499.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Peter D. McDonald When J. Hilllis Miller first coined the phrase “the ethics of reading” in the mid-1980s, it constituted a decisive intervention in the overheated debates about the merits of deconstruction, inaugurating the so-called ethical turn within Anglo-American literary studies. Yet it also...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 402–423.
Published: 01 November 2011
... of Dickens's concern with London's dangerously overcrowded graveyards, but by the 1840s and 1850s the fate of the corpse had also become a key point of contention in the struggle between an orthodox Christian dualism and an emergent psycho-physiology, the latter of which defended itself against...
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Novel (1 May 2017) 50 (1): 77–96.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Maud Ellmann For Britons during World War II, war was in the air, in the form of bombing raids, but also on the air, in the form of news and propaganda on the radio. “Everyday War” shows how Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Townsend Warner respond to war in the air by turning to the English countryside...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 45–62.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Matthew Sussman For many readers, “stupidity” in Henry James signifies mental slowness, poor taste, or even moral delinquency. However, James also conceived of stupidity as a positive virtue because it promises to deliver the individual from the “ordeal of consciousness” associated with...
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Novel (1 August 2015) 48 (2): 261–279.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Michael Lucey This article is in part an attempt to demonstrate Proust's interest in the sociological functioning of talk, where talk is viewed not solely as a medium for communication but also as one in which social work of various kinds is accomplished via nonsemantic features of language. The...
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Novel (1 August 2016) 49 (2): 202–218.
Published: 01 August 2016
... undergird Trollope's novel makes more explicit that which in his realism remains largely implicit: the complex relationship between the normative and the probabilistic that marks realism's relationship with the reality it purports to represent. After all, whatever else realism is, it is also always a...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 361–365.
Published: 01 November 2009
... people has been far more controversial, and rightly so. Because to the degree that they have been perceived to be in or of another time, black people have also been excluded from dominant constructions of Western modernity, such as those of Hegel and Jefferson. Yet the idea that African Americans inhabit...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 83–92.
Published: 01 May 2010
... sustains the millennial Jane Austen mania. Adapting Austen's narratives more freely than did the 1990s versions, these films hope to capture the same crossover, multigenerational, mixed-sex audience yet also seek to market Austen for a new mass cohort of teenaged girls. Updating the stars' images...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 375–398.
Published: 01 November 2018
...), I suggest that the creative writing program not only was instrumental in shaping postwar American letters but also continues to be of great relevance for contemporary global South writing. The article argues that developing-world MFA novelists have redeployed a Cold War programmatic imperative to...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 517–523.
Published: 01 November 2009
... relationships, some voluntary and some coercive, including the law, the space of the city, gossip, class, disease, philanthropy, and kinship. These various principles of interconnection are both separate and overlapping: each has its own logic, but each is also capable of connecting the same groups of...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 524–530.
Published: 01 November 2009
... fiction of failure also has a stake in the state's future. This essay considers how recent novels use civil wars as a setting for generic experimentation. It offers a truncated genealogy of literary interest in state crisis to demonstrate how fiction collaborates with political scientific scholarship in...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 531–537.
Published: 01 November 2009
... of the eighteenth century, it also began its course as a transnational genre for the first time. Its transnationality was an effect of a particularly modern set of practices and attitudes about translating fiction in the European core. Thus transnationalism describes a new period in prose fiction's...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 538–545.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., and George Eliot's Middlemarch stakes its claim as a novel not only alongside, but also beyond, sensibilities and modes sociological, that other explorer of the “new social continent.” This essay shows that the novel's desire to secure its difference from sociological practices is strong enough to...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 132–139.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Randall Stevenson Walter Benjamin's image of the backward-looking angel of history dates from 1944 but is also relevant to earlier parts of the twentieth century, especially after August 1914. Rebecca West's Return of the Soldier is paradigmatic in theme and form of a well-charted modernist...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 184–188.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Michael Wood This essay is a study of a mischievous but powerful theory of fiction elaborated in different ways by Fielding and Cervantes. It rests on a suspicion of history that is also a longing for history. Fiction, these writers suggest, tells truths history cannot tell—because it is willing to...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 189–196.
Published: 01 May 2010
... run counter not only to assumptions that are commonly made in the practice of political criticism of literature, but also to basic features of our ordinary engagement with fictional discourses. The essay then examines the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses , a controversy that...
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Novel (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 165–183.
Published: 01 August 2012
.... Detection, then, is not a stance of suspicion or a law of revelation but a process that illuminates what it means to be subject to time. Ultimately, I argue, the figure of the wait describes not only the narrative time of unmet expectations but also the experience of our most timely historical category: the...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 196–209.
Published: 01 August 2014
... Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse , and The Waves , the essay analyzes the various ways in which Woolf tries to dismiss this compromise. It also focuses on the political implication of the problem: modern fiction opposes the democracy of life to the old hierarchy of action, but it does so at the cost...