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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 19–22.
Published: 01 May 2012
... if the reader is bored, puzzled, disgusted, irritated, or otherwise disengaged. Using Patricia Meyer Spacks's Boredom and Sianne Ngai's Ugly Feelings as critical works to support my case, I suggest that we should pay more attention to the ways in which reading may confuse or alienate us, and I...
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Novel (1 May 2017) 50 (1): 97–111.
Published: 01 May 2017
..., unremarkable relationships—transforming dullness into novelistic event. Two novels demonstrate Green's extraordinary effects achieved through and with the banal, the boring, the vague, and the everyday: Party Going (1939) and Nothing (1951). In Party Going , a group of people stranded at a train station wait...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 489–492.
Published: 01 November 2014
... anything but boring. ‘‘The oppressive banalization of everyday life in the margins of empire Majumdar provocatively writes, ‘‘is an ineluctable experience of colonial modernity’’ (3). In clear, ele- gant prose, Majumdar argues that we rethink the modernist aesthetic beyond the aspects of disillusion...
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Novel (1 November 2003) 36 (3): 289–306.
Published: 01 November 2003
... vi- sion when it comes to something so seemingly unsexy and, as Fredric Jameson calls it, "boring" as finance or pragmatic utopianism. And this myopia might go a long way to explaining why these things go largely unnoticed (or rather, they are noticed, but never noted, a difference I will...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 320–323.
Published: 01 August 2011
... explains, the new world is not only “a place where you are likely to find har- bored within the sovereign power a position of servitude,” but also the site where “the servant and the slave can find themselves symbolizing the sovereign” (26). In new world literature the problems of sovereignty are both...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 496–499.
Published: 01 November 2011
... symbiotic rather than divergent, Smith provides a new reading: “[T]he convict bore a temporary abjec- tion, imposed so that it might be transcended. He embodied in a single figure the opposi- tion between bondage and freedom. The prisoner was neither only an ideal ‘self’ nor an excluded ‘other’; he...
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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 117–120.
Published: 01 May 2018
... investments of normative liberal philosophy, democratic proceduralism, and the mundane aspects of participatory and state politics” (7). In a word, liberalism is boring. So Anderson sets out to make it cool enough for the aesthetes by proving that liberals can experience—and explore in novels—the bleak...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 140–144.
Published: 01 May 2019
... help but recall the similarly narrow scope of American Renaissance (1941), which F. O. Matthiessen justified on much the same grounds. For Matthiessen, we recall, Hawthorne, Emerson, Melville, Whitman, and Thoreau were touchstones of American literary nationalism because “their practice bore out...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 139–142.
Published: 01 May 2016
..., to be unemployed, is not to be liberated, is not to encounter the event but to occupy a terrifying realm of nothingness that makes even the most boring or onerous job look good. Sayeau Michael , Against the Event: The Everyday and the Evolution of Modernist Narrative ( Oxford : Oxford UP...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 360–364.
Published: 01 November 2017
... bore the marks of this moment: a study of late Victorian popular fiction, it tried to analyze the kinds of gendered social and political solidarities that were conjured up by such texts as Dracula and King Solomon's Mines . I did focus on the popular as a field of struggle, but looking at that...
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Novel (1 August 2006) 39 (2): 291–294.
Published: 01 August 2006
... boring readers and viewers, repeated representations of car crashes, rail- way accidents, and other less jarring encounters effectively remind audiences of technology's significance to daily existence. With this argument, Daly supplements a schol- arly literature that tends to fetishize...
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Novel (1 May 2013) 46 (1): 116–132.
Published: 01 May 2013
... , 2006 . 511 – 55 . Begam Richard . Samuel Beckett and the End of Modernity . Palo Alto : Stanford UP , 1996 . Boring Edwin . “History of Introspection.” Psychological Bulletin 50 . 3 ( 1953 ): 169 – 86 <doi:10.1037/h0090793> . Brecht Bertolt . Man Equals...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 402–423.
Published: 01 November 2011
... – 28 . Blount Trevor . “The Graveyard Satire of Bleak House in the Context of 1850.” Review of English Studies ns 14 . 56 ( 1963 ): 370 – 78 . Boring Edwin G. A History of Experimental Psychology . 2nd ed. New York : Appleton-Century-Crofts , 1950 . Brodie...
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Novel (1 August 2013) 46 (2): 323–327.
Published: 01 August 2013
... to shoot themselves in the foot by adopting a tone of silliness or bored disinterest. Polemics are of course agonistic by definition, designed to persuade a reader to take a side in the contest of ideas. This works against Wilde’s own belief in individualism, Kaiser notes. Why should he...
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Novel (1 May 2007) 41 (1): 99–120.
Published: 01 May 2007
... to its ritual force (42), or at best as a temporary release (athe latter claim, in his usage, eliding the distinctions between characters' and readers' experiences. For example, Sundquist instructs us to read Vardaman's boring holes through the top of Addie's coffin and into her...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 361–365.
Published: 01 November 2009
... interracial family. The title character, Betty, while employed as a maid by a wealthy white family, bore two children as a result of repeated rape, or at the very least coerced sex, by the family’s patriarch. This story should sound familiar to us. It was only relatively recently that US senator Strom...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 278–283.
Published: 01 August 2009
... novel attempted to imbue the potentially deterministic biological existence it accepted with some- thing nonbiological. I just gave a rather boring definition of the novel: that its specialty is to give an account of the relation between the individual and the social order. More interest...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 460–466.
Published: 01 November 2009
... character finds herself waiting for a friend. Bored, her continually spurred inner narratives temporarily stilled, Emma begins to look outward at a street scene: Mr. Perry walking hastily by, Mr. William Cox letting himself in at the office door, Mr. Cole’s carriage horses returning from...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 326–331.
Published: 01 August 2009
... never reached above or beyond the particular: it stayed rooted in specific instances (par- ticularly specific British instances). Instead of the paradigm, the system, the over- arching theoria, we have a praxis too boring to contemplate. I want to offer some contrary propositions. With...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 531–537.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., emerging as the novel, might be bundled with the nation, not least by circulating as a cohesive unity rooted in the nation. The mere possibility signaled that the English novel, the French novel, soon the American novel, and so on, in an indefinitely proliferating series, bore the mark of modern...