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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 423–430.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Daniel Hack This essay argues that a combination of the frequently opposed methods of book history and reception studies, on the one hand, and those of formal analysis and close reading, on the other, is needed to illuminate the cultural work done by and with novels. Taking as my example the...
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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 2009) 42 (3): 460–466.
Published: 01 November 2009
... history and its knowing debt to natural theology. This borrowing included a delimited focus of attention on small objects or minute areas; the requirement to dilate at length upon such detail, finding much in the small and the quotidian; and the absolute value of close attention upon the detail, which...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 397–408.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Anna Kornbluh As the paradigmatic trend in literary study at present, “postcritique” implies that a great epoch of critique has come to a close. Taking the charge to look back over fifty years of Marxist theory of the novel, this polemic argues that critique cannot come to a close because it has...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 401–423.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Samuel Cross This essay closely examines Henry James's notion of “tact”—caution in what one says about others—treating the idea from an ethical perspective. I trace James's ethics of tact through his late The Wings of the Dove , arguing that the author holds himself to certain stringent standards...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 443–465.
Published: 01 November 2010
... been a general reluctance to approach these categories together, even while anecdotally history records numerous engagements between the two. Ellison, for example, worked closely with Richard Wright and Dr. Fredric Wertham to establish Harlem's LaFargue Clinic, the first and, in its time, only such...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 483–499.
Published: 01 November 2010
... raised a number of large and now unavoidable questions. What is the place of the political in literary studies today? How are we to construe the relationship between close reading and a broader sociopolitical analysis of literature as an institution? What authority do critics command as guardians of the...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 354–381.
Published: 01 November 2011
... historians have examined Le manoir mystérieux in the wider context of novelistic production in Quebec in the late nineteenth century. Drawing from recent scholarship in the fields of book history and print culture, this article proposes that a close examination of Le manoir mystérieux' s contents, together...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 47–66.
Published: 01 May 2011
... viability of knowledge systems in both serial and omnibus forms, I argue that Inspector Bucket's conclusions regarding the murder of Tulkinghorn do not meet the epistemological standards set by the novel itself. Contrary to D. A. Miller's account of the novel as a closed disciplinary instrument, I argue...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 444–465.
Published: 01 November 2011
... eponymous protagonist quite literally practices a form of personal self-rule—one that marks out his difference from those around him—while also denying the reader easy access to his particular version of events. However, in light of the Ojibwe author's advocacy of close reading and New Critical approaches...
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Novel (1 May 2013) 46 (1): 26–49.
Published: 01 May 2013
... political transit from barbarism to civilization. This claim is advanced through the convergence of three interpretive strategies: a close reading of the novel that tracks the literal and figurative presence of the hand; direct confrontation with texts of political theory, with special emphasis on Thomas...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 443–459.
Published: 01 November 2014
... specialized language, closed social spaces, and charismatic leadership—has its origins in antitotalitarian political science, fiction, sociology, and psychology. Mitchell and Haruki Murakami (discussed briefly) both question how this Cold War legacy has shaped our understandings of individual agency, and both...
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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 101–116.
Published: 01 May 2018
... from the island of Cuba and its staples of tobacco, sugar, and scarce food—allows for a reconsideration of the role of objects in fiction both as stand-ins for social relations and as agents in their own right. In closing, the essay outlines three principles for a world literature infused with...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 502–524.
Published: 01 November 2018
... writer on arrival in Paris. James would, however, learn to turn such insecurities to his advantage by attending the Théâtre Français and paying close attention to the declamatory style of the melodramatic actors at a time when his first ambition had been to become a playwright. James tried his hand at...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 107–129.
Published: 01 May 2019
... preoccupations pertaining to peasants' status in their contemporary society. It makes a case for Hardy's lucid awareness of the continuing nature of primitive accumulation in England and demonstrates that the text aptly explores its effects on various rural social classes. To do so, the article closely examines...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 183–189.
Published: 01 August 2009
... instead: how does the novel produce its effects? An answer to this question requires close attention to form because that is where the novelty of the novel lies. I look primarily at two novels: Le Devoir de violence (Mali) and The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (Ghana), both published in 1968. © 2009...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 207–215.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Rita Barnard If, as Benedict Anderson has argued, the realist novel has a particularly close relationship to the nation, what kind of narrative form would be best suited to transnational or even global fictions? This essay proposes a few answers to this question by looking first at what Roger Ebert...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 245–252.
Published: 01 August 2009
... the century's close. Ultimately, I argue, the case for the middle-class novel is best read as an allegorical defense of the emergent English departments as they replace gentleman-amateur lecturers with professionalized professors, displace the Aristocratic tradition of classics, and work to serve a...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 18–22.
Published: 01 May 2010
... kites in David Copperfield , I consider the tensions between these represented instances of overproduction and the narrative patterns of the novels themselves. As a whole, Tristram Shandy sides with the joy and madness of pointless production. It thus suggests motives for reading that align more closely...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 304–310.
Published: 01 August 2009
... turn at the close of the nineteenth century via corsetless ingenues somnambulating alone in public after dark. These popular fictions converge with material culture in the dress reforms of fashion designers to advance women's increased mobility and sexual license—but at a cost. Together they connect...